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Grand Chapter 






APRIL 27th <md !8th, 1937 





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Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario 



An Especial Convocation of the Grand Chapter of 
Royal Arch Masons of Canada was Held in the 
Masonic Hall, Areno Block, 51 Beckwith St., North, 
in the Town of Smiths Falls, Ontario, on Friday, 
the Sixteenth Day of October, A.D. 1936, A. Inv. 2366. 


M. Ex. Comp. George L. Gardiner Grand Z.] 

R. Ex. Comp. William Y. Mills Grand II. I Grand 

R. Ex. Comp. Sidney S. Forbes Grand J ("Council 


M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith Grand Scribe E. 

R. Ex. Comp. John J. Gardiner as Grand Scribe N. 

Ex. Comp. Wm. Dryden as Grand Treasurer 

Comp. J. T. Pearson as Grand Pr. Soj. 

Comp. W. Humber as Grand Sr. Soj. 

Comp. F. Lee — as Grand Jr. Soj. 

: R. Ex. Comp. Fred. G. Smith as Grand Registrar 

Ex. Comp. M. L. Perry as Grand D. of C. 

Comp. D. C. Patterson as Grand Outer Guard 

R. Ex. Comp. Andrew Walker Grand Sunt. Ottawa 

Dist. No. 13 

Together with a large number of Present and Past Grand 
Chapter Officers, the First, Second and Third Principals and 
Past Principals, of District No. 13, and many visitors from 
adjoining Districts. 

A Constitutional number of Chapters being represented, 
Grand Chapter was opened in ample form at 8.55 o'clock 
p.m. when the Grand First Principal announced that this 
Especial Convocation of Grand Chapter had been called for 
the purpose of Dedicating the New Chapter Room of St. 
Francis Chapter, No. 133, G.R.C. Royal Arch Masons, at 
Smiths Falls, Ontario. 

The Ceremony being concluded the Most Excellent the 
Grand First Principal closed Grand Chapter at 10 o'clock 

Grand Scribe E. 


An Especial Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal 
Arch Masons of Canada was Held in the Masonic 
Temple, Queens Avenue, in the City of London, 
Ontario, on Wednesday, the Twenty-Fourth Day of 
March, A.D. 1937, A. Inv. 2367 


M. Ex. Comp. Ediwin Smith „ as Grand Z. ] Grand 

R. Ex. Comp. Wm. Y. Mills Grand H. [-Council 

R. Ex. Comp. Wm. L. Stewart as Grand J.J 

R. Ex. Comp. Wm. E. Summers _ as Grand iScribe E. 

R. Ex. Ccmp. Harry J. McOaHum as Grand Scribe N. 

R. Ex. Comp. Chas. Gilbert as Grand Treasurer 

R. Ex. Comp. John W. Plewes „ as Grand Pr. Soj. 

V.. Ex. Comp. Chas. Crincklaw as Grand Sr. Soj. 

V. Ex. Comp. John W. Bradshaw as Grand Jr. Soj. 

R. Ex. 'Comp. Tom Welch Grand Registrar 

R. Ex. Comp. Reg. Cushman Grand Supt. London 

Dist. No. 2 

R. Ex. Comp. Harry E. Livermore as Asst. Grand D. cf C. 

R. Ex. Comp. Sam McCoy as Asst. Grand' D. cf C. 

V. Ex. Comp. Harry E. Martyn L as Asst. Grand D. cf C. 

V. Ex. Comp. Harry E. Abell as Asst. Grand D. of C. 

V. Ex. Comp. John A. Atcheson * as Asst. Grand D. of C. 

V. Ex. Comp. Wm. J. Douglas - Grand Sword Bearer 

V. Ex. Comp. John Green _ as Grand Outer Guard 

V. Ex. Comp. George Overton as Grand Organist 

Together with a very large number of the Present and 
Past Grand Chapter Officers, the First, Second and Third 
Principals and Past Principals of Chapters of London Dis- 
trict, No. 2, and many visitors from adjoining Districts. 

A Constitutional number of Chapters being represented, 
Grand Chapter was opened in due form at 8.50 p.m. when 
the acting Grand First Principal announced that this Especial 
Convocation of Grand Chapter had been called for the pur- 
pose of Dedicating the Chapter Room of St. John's Chapter, 
No. 3; St. George's Chapter, No. 5; London Chapter, No. 
150; and The St. Andrew Chapter, No. 238, all meeting in 
the Red Room of the Masonic Temple, London, Ontario. He 
also expressed the regrets of the Most Excellent the Grand 
First Principal for his inability to be present and conveyed 
his felicitations to the London Capitular Masons. 

The ceremony being concluded the acting Most Excellent 
the Grand First Principal closed Grand Chapter at 10.15 
o'clock P.M. 


Wm. E. Summers, P.G. Supt., 

Acting Grand Scribe E. 









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Front Street 


A.D. 1937, A. Inv. 2467 
Ordered to be read in all Chapters and preserved. 


Grand Z. 
Kingston, Ontario 


Grand Scribe E. 
London, Ontario 


Most Ex. Comp. Wm. Y. Mills, the fortieth to be installed 
into the office of Grand Z., of the Grand Chapter, Royal Arch 
Masons of Canada, since its formation in 1857, was born at 
Kingston, Ontario, August 4th, 1881. He is of Irish extraction, 
his four grand parents having been born close to Belfast, 
Ireland, and coming to Canada in 1845. He received his educa- 
tion in private and public schools, Collegiate Institute and the 
Kingston Business College. 

After serving a short apprenticeship with the dry goods 
trade, he entered the Hat and Manufacturing Fur business 
of George Mills & Company, which; had been established by 
his father in 1878. He became head of the firm in 1914 upon 
the death of his father, and subsequently in 1932, erected a 
splendid stone building within the heart of Kingston's best 
retail section, where Mr. Mills continues the well-known and 
established firm. 

His Masonic devotion has gained for him many honours, 
well deserved. He was initiated December 13th, 1906, in the 
Ancient St. John's Lodge, No. 3, G.R.C., Kingston, of which 
lodge he is a life member and a Past Master ; also a life mem- 
ber and Past First Principal Z., of Ancient Frontenac and 
Cataraqui Chapter, No. 1, Kingston; an honourary life mem- 
ber of the Moira Chapter, No. 7, Belleville; a Past Grand 
Superintendent of St. Lawrence District, No. 12 ; a, life mem- 
ber and Past Preceptor of Hugh de Payens Premier Preceptory, 
No. 1, Kingston; Past Provincial Prior of the Kingston-Ottawa 
District, and a member of the Grand Council of the Sovereign 
Great Priory of Canada; Past Thrice Illustrious Master of the 
Ontario Provincial Council of Royal and Select Masters of the 
Western Jurisdiction of Canada ; a .member of the Order of 
High Priesthood of Ontario; and a life member of Rameses 
Temple of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Mystic Shrine. 
Prior to his election as Grand Third Principal in 1934, he had 
been elected annually to the Executive Committee of Grand 
Chapter for fifteen years. 

The purchase of the Kingston Masonic Temple in 1923 gave 
Companion Mills a further duty, and he has served continu- 
ously on the Board of Trustees, being Chairman for two years. 

In amateur sports he is particularly fond of hockey, having 
played with the Kingston Frontenacs in many cities in Canada 


Kingston, Ontario 

Grand Z. 

and the United States. He is a member of the Cataraqui Golf 
and Country Club. 

At the age of eighteen, he joined the 14th Regiment, Prin- 
cess of Wales Own Rifles, as a private, and served in all ranks, 
being Gazetted Lieutenant-Colonel upon assuming command in 
1916. During the Great War, he commanded the Regimental 
Guard in charge of war prisoners in Fort Henry ; he also has 
received the Colonial Auxiliary Forces Long Service Decora- 
tion. Always giving generously of his energies to various civic 
activities he was elected a member of the City Council, a Past 
President of the Retail Merchants' Association, and is an 
active member of the Chamber of Commerce. He was the 
fourth President of the Kingston Kiwanis Club, being elected 
in 1925, and was one of their Charter members. In 1928, he 
was elected Governor of the Ontario-Quebec Maritime District 
of Kiwanis International. 

From his boyhood days it can be seen that he has led an 
active, abundant life which gives to him many qualifications 
for leadership in the capacity of Grand First Principal. He is 
gifted with considerable ability both as an executive and as a 
speaker and ritualist. 

He continues to be a bachelor, residing in the family home- 
stead at 124 University Avenue, in full view of the splendid 
limestone buildings of Queen's University. 

— E. S. 



The Seventy-Ninth Annual Convocation of the Grand 
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada, Held in 
The Royal York Hotel, Ball Room, Convention 
Floor, Front Street, Toronto, Ontario, Tuesday and 
Wednesday, April 27th and 28th, A.D. 1937, A. Inv. 


M. Ex. Comp. George L. Gardiner _ Grand Z.] 

R. Ex. Comp. William Y. Mills Grand H. [Grand 

M. Ex. iComp. Walter H. Davis Acting Grand J. | 


M. Ex. Comp. Walter G. Price, D.D.S Grand Treasurer 

M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith „ _ _ Grand Scribe E. 

M. Ex. Comp. Colonel William N. Ponton Grand Historian 

R. Ex. Comp. James Pickard . Grand Scribe N. 

R. Ex. Comp. Tom Welch Grand Principal Sojourner 

V. Ex. Comp. A. A. Kinghorn .Grand Director of Ceremonies 

V. Ex. 'Comp. T. C. James Asst. Grand Director of Ceremonies 

'Comp. W. Gordon _ Grand Organist 

V. Ex. Comp. W. H. Murehison Grand Pursuivant 

V. Ex. Comp. W. H. Price Acting Grand Steward 

R. Ex. Comp. Chas. Burgess Acting Grand Senior Sojourner 

V. Ex. Comp. R. Shriner Acting Grand Junior Sojourner 

R. Ex. Comp. W. S. M. Enouy Acting Grand Lecturer 

Ex. Comp. Charles H. Smart _ Grand Outer Guard 

Grand Superintendents 

R. Ex. Comp. E. A. McCubbin St. Clair District No. 1 


Reg. J. Cushman London 

Andrew H. Monteith Wilson 

Thomas W. Rutherford Wellington 

T. Russell Huxtable Hamilton 

H. B. M. Tichborne Huron 

F. F. Hays _ Niagara 

Fred. J. Johnson Toronto East 

F. C Bend-ell Georgian 

R. C. Nugent Ontario 

G. B. Bedford Prince Edward 

William Root St. Lawrence 

Andrew Walker _ Ottawa 

A. A. Cameron, M.D Algoma 

E. L. Moore New Ontario 


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Past Grand Z.'s. 

Most Ex. Comps. Geo. Moore, W. N. Ponton, K.C.; Walter H. Davis; 
Kenneth J. Dunstan; Edwin Smith; Walter G. Price, D.D.S. ; Charles 
W. Haentschel, M.D.; and Alex. Cowan. 



A Constitutional number of Chapters being represented by 
their qualified officers, the Seventy-Ninth Annual Convocation 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada was 
opened in Ample Form at 7.30 o'clock p.m. 

Then followed the singing of the National Anthem, 

"God Save the King", 
and "Fight the Good Fight", 

under the direction of the Organist, after which Comp. Rev. 
P. W. Lamb offered the invocation. 


R. Ex. Comp. Frank G. McLean, accompanied by the 
Director of Ceremonies, V. Ex. Comp. A. H. Kinghorn, intro- 
duced the representative of His Worship the Mayor, R. Ex. 
Comp. Controller Wm. Wads worth, who extended to the dele- 
gates a Toronto Welcome. In his remarks he stated that the 
Mayor, Comp. W. Robbins, had left for England to represent the 
City of Toronto at the Coronation of His Majesty the King. 
He extended a very cordial welcome and greetings from the 
citizens of Toronto. He hoped that the deliberations would be 
beneficial to the Royal Craft. 

The welcome was acknowledged by the Grand Z., who was 
very grateful to the Mayor in arranging for R. Ex. Comp. 
Wadsworth to be his deputy, being one of our own who had 
laboured in the quarries. He was sure that the visitors, and 
those who enjoyed the citizenship of Toronto appreciated the 
welcome accorded. 


R. Ex. Comp. W. J. Armstrong, Chairman of the Credential 
Committee of Representatives and Proxies from the Chapters, 
reported there were 158 Warranted Chapters on the Roll of 
Grand Chapter, of which 142 were represented by the follow- 

No. 1. Ancient Frontenac and Cataraqui, Kingston. 

T. Clark, Z.; J. C. Mcllquhan, H.; W. Y. Mills, H. J. Milne, K. 
Fraser, K. N. H. IVLcCullough, G. M. Robinson, P.Z.'s. 

No. 2. The Hiram, Hamilton. 

J. R. Deacon, Z.; D. W. Evans, R. Huxtable, Alex. O'Dell, T. 
Towers, G. Moore, P.Z.'s. 


No. 3. St. Johns, London. 

Oliver Ellwood, P.Z. (Proxy). 

No. 4. St. Andrew and St. Johns, Toronto. 

Alex. Lawrence, Z.; H. B. Pickerel 1, H.; R. J. Gray, J.; R. Mc- 
Elhinney, W. G. Price, Geo. Slack, E. D. Grant, W. H. Price, 
S. R. A. Clement, L. G. Jackson, Geo. Garnett, V. L. Mutton, 

No. 5. St. George's, London. 

B. A. Mowles, Z.; R. J. Cushnian, Edwin Smith, W. A. Hunter, 
H. J. MoCallum, H. E. Abell, H. E. Livermore, E. W. G. Quantz, 

No. 6. St. John's, Hamilton. 

T. H. Hayhurst, Bert Stephenson, J. E. Grady, C. R. Lloyd, H. 
W. Hewitt, G. W. Britten, P.Z.'s. 

No. 7. The Moira, Belleville. 

H. S. McElrath, Z.; W. N. Ponton, V. H. Graves, W. C. Mikel, 

No. 8. King Solomon's, Toronto. 

W. H. King, Z. ; A. Carwithen, H. ; W. H. Hoare, Geo. McLeish, 
J. McAllister, Fred Johnston, E. W. Barber, F. Francis, A. L. 
Tinker, P.Z.'s. 

No. 15. Wawanosh, Sarnia. 

C. C. Clarke, Z. 

No. 16. Carleton, Ottaiva. 

F. A. McDiarmid, Z.; F. G. Smith, J. P. Cordukes, P.Z.'s. 

No. 18. Oxford, Woodstock. 

A. C. Kendall, Z. ; R. Y. Morrison, J. K. Martin, P.Z.'s. 

No. 19. Mount Moriah, St. Catharines. 

Ohas. Longhurst, Z.; Chas. Roberts, H.; iChas. M. Whitten, J.; 
W. J. Rose, D. A. Cameron, F. Lottridge, Jas. Dickie, P.Z.'s. 

No. 20. Mount Horeb, Brantford. 

R. W. E. McFadden (Proxy), P.Z. 

No. 22. Grenville, Prescott. 

K. J. Dunstan, P.Z. 

No. 23. Ezra, Simcoe. 

W. G. Smith, Z.; E. Hind, P.Z. 

No. 24. Tecumseh, Stratford. 

W. A. Wilson, P.Z. 

No. 26. St. Mark's, Trenton. 

N. M. Spragge (Proxy), F. Fairman, A. D. Mclntyre, P.Z.'s. 


No. 27. Manitou, Collingwood. 

D. Mclntyre, Z.; F. C. Bendcl, A. W. Lawrence, C. P. Little, 
R. E. Robertson, P.Z.'s. 

No. 28. Pentalpha, Oshaiva. 

A. R. H. Wilson, N. W. Purdy, P.Z.'s. 

No. 29 McCallum, Dunnville. 

F. B. Goodwillie, H. 

No. 30. Huron, Goderich. 

C. MacDonald, Z.; N. Hill, H.; H. B. M. Tichborne, P.Z. 

No. 31. Prince Edward, Picton. 

H. B. Tully, Z. 

No. 32. Waterloo, Gait. 

R. Harrison, Z. ; T. W. Rutherford, R. D. Law, F. G. Smith, 
J. H. Cowan, P.Z.'s. 

No. 34. Signet, Barrie. 

H. J. Lougheed, Z.; A. Cowan, 0. D. Williams, Geo. Coles, P.Z.'s. 

No. 35. Keystone, Whitby. 

A. E. Kearney, H.; D. J. McGillivray, P.Z. 

No. 36. Corinthian, Peterboro. 

F. G. Mann, Z. 

No. 37. Victoria, Port Hope. 

G. T. Hancock, (S. W. Haskill, Chas. Quick, C. S. Hambly, 

No. 40. Guelph, Guelph. 

J. F. Marr, A. F. Moore, R. M. Finlay, Wm. VanNorman, J. F. 
Power, P.Z.'s. 

No. 41. Harris, Ingersoll. 

A. W. Huntley, Z. 

No. 44. Mount Sinai, Napanee. 

E. Young, Z. 

No. 45. Excelsior, Colborne. 

T. McKim, P.Z. 

No. 46. St. James, St. Marys. 

J. W. Durr, H.; N. V. Johnston, A. Dell, P.Z.'s. 

No. 47. Wellington, Chatham 

A. S. H. Cree, P.Z. 


No. 48. St. John's, Cobourg. 

J. A. B. Wilson, Z.; E. A. Hircock, H.; W. R. Niles, P.Z. 

No. 53. Bruce, Petrolia. 

H. D. Sherrin (Proxy), P.Z. 

No. 54. Palestine, St. Thomas. 

K. Woodward, Z.; F. M. Bond, H. Roe, Jno. Fraser, W. C. Forbes, 
T. L. Coohran, H. Martin, P.Z.'s. 

No. 55. Niagara, Niagara-on-the-Lafc. 

E. H. Brennan (Proxy), P.Z. 

No. 57. King Hiram, Port Colbornc. 

R. Rivers, J. J. S. Allen, P.Z. 

No. 58. Pembroke, Mattawa. 

C. W. Haentschel (Proxy), P.Z. 

No. 59. Sussex, Brockville. 

W. C. Singleton, Z.; Wm. Root, P.Z. 

No. 61. Granite, Almonte. 

F. G. Smith (Proxy), P.Z. 

No. 62. York, Toronto. 

W. J. Cook, A. B. Dalby, H. G. askon, J. Brewster, S. H. B. 
Tonkin, G. E. Rennie, W. E. Hofland, A. Paton, B. Logic, P.Z.'s. 

No. 63. Havclock, Kincardine. 

Val. Cottrill, Z.; 0. J. Mooney, J. R. McKay, P. McCallum, 

No. 65. St. PauVs, Toronto. 

W. G. Currie, J.; W. S. M. Enouy, K. J. Dunstan, W. B. Milliken, 

No. 67. Enterprise, Palmersion. 

R. G. Barton, J. F. Edwards, P.Z.'s. 

No. 68. Maitland, North Augusta. 

W. H. Wilson, P.Z. 

No. 69. Grimsby, Grimsby. 

C. Gowland, Z. ; C. W. F. Carpenter, D. Cloughley, L. A. Brom- 
ley, P.Z.'s. 

No. 72. Keystone, Stirling. 

E. A. Carleton, Z.; G. B. Bedford, T. W. Solmes, R. A. Patter- 
son, P.Z.'s. 

No. 74. Beaver, Strathroy. 

0. G. Tremmer, Z. 


No. 75. St. Clair, Milton. 

A. L. MacNabb, E. Harrop, W. T. Barnard, P.Z.'s. 

No. 76. Mount Nebo, Niagara Falls. 

W. L. Springett, Z. ; C. H. Sheppard, J. H. Rolston, G. E. French, 
J. H. Newns, B. C. Gibbs, P.Z.'s. 

No. 77. Occident, Toronto. 

G. W. Elms, Z.; C. C. Conover, H.; J. Russell, J. M. Burden, S. 
G. Newdick, J. Woodland, W. G. Price, W. Murchison, R. L. 
Shriner, H. Smith, J. W. Lawrence, H. Parker, W. G. Varty, A. 
Green, W. J. Damp, J. T. Gilchrist, A. C. Larter, A. Macoomb, 
P. Bach, P.Z.'s. 

No. 78. Minnewawa, Parkhill. 

F. L. Lewin, Z.; R. G. Nunn, M. J. Racey, J. E. Wilson, R. S. 
Freele, G. Portice, G. H. Brewer, E. H. MePherson, P.Z.'s. 

No. 79. Orient, Toronto. 

G. Duguid, Z.; W. E. Seeker, H.; A. Walne, J.; D. S. L. Mac- 
Dougall, T. McDonald, G. Nelson, G. Jones, A. S. Skinner, J. L. 
Mills, J. H. Williamson, F. M. Simpson, J. Poulton, P.Z.'s. 

No. 80. Ark, Windsor. 

W. R. Bricker, E. A. MeCubbin, P.Z.'s. 

No. 81. Aylmer, Aylmer. 

C. P. Horton, Z.; G. Stewart, €. A. Brooks, P.Z.'s. 

No. 82. Shuniah, Port Arthur. 

H. Dalzell, Z. 

No. 83. Ionic, Orangeville. 

J. T. Thomas, Z. ; J. Gardiner, H.; C. B. Gillespie, J.; W. J. 
Price, J. A. V. Preston, T. S. Parkinson, J. E. Smith, W. T. 
Robb, A. Woodland, E. Whelan, G. M. Thompson, W. A. Clowes, 

No. 84 Lebonon, Wingham. 

H. L. Sherbondy, Z.; W. T. Booth, H.; W. A. Campbell, R. C. 
Thompson, B. A. Hiscox, J. J. McGee, T. H. Gibson, E. J. Nash, 
J. D. Beecroft, A. G. Smith, H. F. McGee, P.Z.'s. 

No. 88. MacNabb, Dresden. 

C. E. Butler (Proxy), E. R. Paling, R. R. Dusten, T. Tiffin, 
Ed. Worth, P.Z.'s. 

No. 91. Antiquity, Toronto. 

H. Streeter, Z.; J. A. Hewatt, H.; H. G. Miles, J.; W. J. Arm- 
strong, Jas. Herriot, A. F. Tannahill, E. J. Luttrell, W. J. 
Armstrong, Jr., S. Biggs, A. E. Till, W. Woan, J. A. Burnett, 
W. J. Lake, J. Craigie, P.Z.'s. 


No. 94. Midland, Lindsay. 

E. P. McLennan, H.; R. G. Nugent, A. R. Warner, E. L. David- 
son, P.Z.'s. 

No. 95. Tuscan, Sudbury. 

H. E. Roseborough, Z.; F. W. Collotton, K. S. Clark, P.Z.'s. 

No. 100. St. Lawrence, Brockville. 

T. S. Young, Z. 

No. 102. Algonquin, Sault Ste. Marie. 

P. S. Jannison, Z.; F. W. Collotton, P.Z. 

No. 103. St. John's, North Bay. 

R. P. C. McLeod, Z.; E. L. Moore, P.Z. 

No. 104. White Oak, Oakville. 

Roy Smith, Z.; R. M. Smith, C. Dickinson, R. H. Archibald, E. 
D. Jordan, P.Z.'s. 

N. 110. Warkworth, Warkworth. 

C. H. Irish, Z.; O. E. Kelly, H.; J. S. Ewing, J.; B. Buchanan, 
M. E. Smith, P.Z.'s. 

No. 113. Covenant, Cornwall. 

C. A. Markell, Z.; H. E. Meadd, P.Z. 

No. 114. Bonnechere, Renfrew. 

H. W. Mayhew, Z.; Jno. Conley, P.Z. 

No. 115. Brant, Paris. 

F. J. Parsons, J.; A. H. Monteith, J. E. Woolsey, W. W. Tough, 
J. D. Smith, P.Z.'s. 

No. 116. Maple, Covrleton Place. 

J. J. Gardiner (Proxy), P.Z. 

No. 117. Kitchener, Kitchener. 

Wm. Downing (Proxy), W. G. Duench, A. C. Mason, P.Z.'s. 

No. 129. Elliott, Mitchell 

W. J. Halfnight, Z.; Jno. M. Empey, W. H. Hoflick, F. Porter- 
field, H. A. Mutton, P.Z.'s 

No. 130. Chantry, Southampton. 

A. Huber (Proxy), P.Z. 

No. 131. Amabel, Wiarton. 

Jno. V. Mills, Z. 

No. 132. Leeds, Gananoque. 

A. Harris, B. J. Davis, P.Z.'s. 


No. 133. St. Francis, Smiths Falls. 

G. H. Sheldon, Z. ; J. J. Gardiner, M. L. Perry, P.Z.'s. 

No. 134. King Darius, Cannington. 

C. L. Davidson (Proxy), P.Z. 

No. 135. Succoth, Uxbridge. 

F. W. Reynolds, Z.; H. C. Misener, H.; J. H. Chinn, V. M. Hare, 
W. O'Hara, P.Z.'s. 

No. 138. Shekinah, Toronto. 

E. H. Hughes, Z.; T. Brann, H.; R. F. Lomas, J.; Jno. Marr, 

G. W. Tindall, E. A. Snell, W. J. Wadsworth, P.Z.'s, 

No. 139. St. Andrews, Havelock. 

A. Graham, P.Z. 

No. 140. Fort William, Fort William. 

H. Dalzall (Proxy), O. Coles, P.Z.'s. 

No. 143. Glengarry, Maxille. 

J. E. Kyle (Proxy), P.Z. 

No. 144. Presqu'ile, Brighton. 

O. L. Morrow, F. M. Dure, V. Coulter, P.Z.'s. 

No. 145. The St. Patrick, Toronto. 

F. G. Higginbottom, Z.; A. W. Ward, J.; P. W. Rogers, F. G. 
McLean, W. G. Price, E. Hewett, G. L. Cochrane, Wm. Moull, 
J. J. Shelly, T. H. Graham, E. J. LuttreHl, E. E. Reid, F. Busteed, 
W. C. Johnston, W. R. Ledger, T. S. Westcott, P.Z.'s. 

No. 146. Bernard, Listowell. 

D. L. Chapman, Z.; S. Coghlin, W. Coghlin, R. Oke, J. Stewart, 
W. H. Sargent, P.Z.'s. 

No. 147. Lucknow, Lucknow. 

W. B. Anderson, Z.; W. M. Connell, H.; W. A. Porteous, J. W. 
Joynt, R. M. McPhersion, P.Z.'s. 

No. 148. St. John's, Vankleek Hill. 

G. A. McLeod (Proxy), P.Z. 

No. 149. Atwood, Rainy River. 

A. A. Cameron, P.Z. 

No. 150. London, London. 

T. Welch (Proxy), J. H. C. Woodward, P.Z.'s. 

No. 151. Laurentian, Pembroke. 

J. T. Jackson (Proxy), P.Z. 


No. 153. Sombra, Wallaceburg. 

Geo. Mark, H.; Jno. Boyd, P.Z, 

No. 154. Klondike, Dawson, Y.T. 

Edwin Smith (Proxy), G. I. McLean, P.Z.'s. 

No. 155. Ancaster, Ancaster. 

H. K. Oglesby (Proxy), J. McNiece, P.Z.'s. 

No. 161. Madoc, Madoc. 

A. A. Pidgen, Z.; W. J. Hill, W. L. Smith, P.Z.'s. 

No. 163. The Beaches, Toronto. 

S. A. Griffin, Z.; E. E. Ritcey, H.; E. D. W. Sproule, J.; W. G. 
Price, A. Welch, C. H. Smart, A. J. Stringer, P.Z.'s. 

No. 167. Kichikewana, Midland. 

R. R. Wilson, Geo. Ross, H. J. Thompson, R. D. Keefe, P.Z.'s. 

No. 168. Ionic, Campbell ford. 

H. T. Scott, Z. 

No. 169. Temiskaming, New Liskeard. 

J. E. Allin, P.Z. 

No. 175. The Hamilton, Hamilton. 

W. J. Shaw, Z.; W. B. Riddell, H.; W. H. Davis, L. F. Stephens, 
G. W. Tibbs, F. W. Dean, A. P. Goering, P.Z.'s. 

No. 184. Hugh Murray, Fort Erie, North. 

D. W. Cook, Z.; A. W. Wodle, J.; G. J. Hawes, J. A. Spencer, 
A. Francis, €. Butler, P.Z.'s. 

No. 185- The Toronto, Toronto. 

D. Calder, Z.; T. H. Wright, H.; J. Patch, W. J. Stewart, W. 
G. Price, R. B. Dargavel, D. Coleman, W. J. Dunlop, H. R. 
Brown, S. Manuel, J. S. McFeat, R. Somerville, F. G. Becker, 
A. Macoomb, P.Z.'s. 

No. 195. Peel, Brampton. 

H. H. Wilson, Z.; H. Spratt, H.; R. V. Conover, P.Z. 

No. 198. Couchiehing, OrilUa. 

J. H. Page, H.; W. Calvert, P.Z. 

No. 203. Cobalt, Cobalt. 

J. Metcalfe, Z.; A. Brian, W. H. Smith, P.Z.'s. 

No. 205. Victoria, ThornhilL 

T. R. Johnstone, Z.; H. H. Lang, J. E. Francis, C. E. Hill, J. A. 
Thompson, P.Z.'s. 


No. 210. Kitchener, Russell. 

A. Walker, J. E. Kyle, P.Z.'s. 

No. 212. Mount Sinai, Toronto. 

A. A. Goldenberg, Z.; W. Moull, I. Finberg, A. L. Tinker, A. 
Cohen, Max Cooper, M. L. Levy, H. R. Fox, P.Z.'s. 

No. 213. Northern Light, Timmins. 

F. Willis, Z.; E. A. F. Day, P.Z. 

No. 214. Vimy, Inwood. 

P. R. Urice, Z.: W. C. Johnston, A. E. Loosemore, P.Z.'s. 

No. 215. Mimico, Mimico. 

A. Hurst,, Z.; J. Nevin, H.; M. Grant, J.; W. G. Price, J. J. 
Shelly, E. J. Luttrell, E. J. Everett, J. I,. Maude, R. B. Brady, 
E. F. Stoll, R. J. Dcwdell, €. H. McQuarrie, T. Fish, J. H. 
Doughty, T. H. Summer, P.Z.'s. 

No. 217. St. Alban's, Toronto. 

H. A. F. Schytte, Z.; G. Hosang, J.; J. L. House, J. A. Burton, 
S. C. Russell, J. A. Mackie, G. W. McRae, P.Z.'s. 

No. 218. Prince Edward, Shelburne. 

T. E. Ferguson, Z. ; E. M. Wansborough, J. C. Stoddart, P.Z.'s. 

No. 219. Ulster, Toronto. 

R. E. Storey, Z.; D. Stuart, W. G. Price, W. Bush, W. J. Phillips, 

No. 220. Lebanon, Lambton Mills. 

W. F. Leuty, Z.; E. H. Towers, H.; R. E. Richmond, J.; W. H. 
Carr, R. N. Oarr, J. Austin Evans, J. F. Molloy, J. T. Phillips, 
W. M. Creech, P. Beecroft, W. E. Mason, P.Z.'s. 

No. 221. Durham, Durham. 

W. H. Kress, Z.; M. G. Calder, H.; J. F. Irwin, R. W. F. 
Hughes, P.Z.'s. 

No. 222. Ottawa, Ottawa. 

W. D. Taylor, Z.; J. M. Montgomery, J.; J. T. Jackson, G. A. 
McLeod, S. F. Smith, P.Z.'s, 

No. 224. Keystone, Hamilton. 

J. F. Gray, Z.; J. A. Curne, H.; D. W. Evans, W. J. Rowney, 

No. 225. Beaver, Toronto. 

Wm. Owen, Z.; F. W. Morris, J.; H. A. Miller, J. S. Pickard, 
W. G. Anderson, W. G. Price, W. Pendleton, K. J. Dunstan, D. 
S. L. MacDougall, E. J. Luttrell, A. Spaulding, E. S. Calder, 
A. Wilson, P.Z.'s. 


No. 227. Quinte Friendship, Belleville. 

R. G. White, Z.; J. 0. Herity, P.Z. 

No. 230. Port Credit, Port Credit. 

D. J. McKee, Z.; W. H. C. McEaehren, H.; E. S. McNiece, J.; 
W. G. Price, C. H. Burgess, R. F. Dudman, W. A. Maxwell, 

F. A. Maas, J. H. Pinchin, P.Z.'s. 

No. 231. The St. Clair, Toronto. 

M. L. Martyn, Z.; A. A. Gray, J. W. Woodland, W. G. Price, 
A. F. Gunning, P. Bach, G. H. Pepper, G. Y. Wolfrain, P.Z.'s. 

No. 232. King Cyrus, Toronto. 

T. V. Brett, Z. ; E. M. Grose, G. E. Ritchie, K. N. Carrie, J. J. 
Shelly, E. J. Luttrell, J. A. Marchment, A. L. Tinker, B. Sproule, 

No. 233. Oakwood, Toronto. 

G. R. Armstrong, Z.; S. W. Butt, J.; W. E. Gardner, Jas. 
Herriot, A. E. Hayward, E. J. Luttrell, C. H. Tatton, W. 
Parkinson,, J. Burns, P.Z.'s. 

No. 234. Halton. Georgetown. 

W. G. 0. Thompson (Proxy), G. C. Brown, P.Z.'s. 

No. 235. Aurora, Aurora. 

H. Stocks, Z.; F. E. Hope, H.; H. B. Cook, J.; N. F. Johnson, 
F. R. Underbill, E. D. Underhill, E. J. Eveleigh, H. A. Bunn, 
F. S. Babcoek, J. Stuart, P.Z.'s. 

No. 236. Caledonia, Caledonia. 

W. J. Douglas, P. Anderson, P.Z.'s. 

No. 238. The St. Andrew's London, 

W. L. Stewart, W. F. Bailey, P.Z.'s. 

No. 240. Smithville, Smithville. 

Frank Hayes, P.Z. 

No. 241. University, Toronto. 

F. R. Lorriman, Z.; V. Voaden, H.; W. S. M. Enouy, A. A. 
Kinghorn, S. Appleton, P. W. Rogers, C. E. Dickinson, P.Z.'s. 

No. 242. St. Paul's, Lambeth. 

G. Anguish, Z. ; H. P. Snelgrove, P.Z. 

No. 243. McKay, Stoney Creek. 

L. F. McDougall (Proxy), J. H. Lee, P.Z.'s. 

No. 245. Preston, Preston. 

H. G. Nix, Z.; J. E. Bradley, J.; G. V. Hilborn, P.Z. 


No. 246. Uumber, Weston. 

W. B. Hillmer, Z.; W. Beech, Jr., J.; R. B. Dargavel, S. J. 
Totten, W. J. Armstrong, F. W. Fisher, A. E. Bryson, W. C. 
Burrage, W. Beech, W. J. Hales, P.Z.'s. 

No. 247. Nilestown, Nilestown. 

H. Barnes, H.; G. H. Martin, J. Taman, W. E. Summers, 

No. 248. Dochert, Arnprior. 

A. Walker, A. S. McLaren, P.Z.'s. 

No. 249. Palestine, Boivmanville. 

G. C. Bonnycastle (Proxy), R. M. Cotton, P.Z.'s. 

No. 250. Thomas Peters', Windsor. 

E. A. McCubbin, P.Z. 

No. 251. Kirkland, Kirkland Lake. 

A. G. Tipper, Z. 

No. 252. Hiawatha, Sarnia. 

R. C. Fleeck, Z.; E. J. Marshall, J. H. Coleman, J. I. Foster, 
R. A. Bond, P.Z.'s. 

No. 253. Regal, Port Dover. 

P. Brock, Z.; E. Hind, M. Woodger, W. A. Ferguson, P.Z.'s. 


No. 56. Georgian, Owen Sound. 

No. 60. Doric, Newmarket. 

No. 64. Willson, Wellamd. 

No. 66. The Malloch, Seaforth. 

No. 71. Prince of Wales, Amherstburg. 

No. 73. Erie, Ridgetown. 

No. 86. Macpherson, Meaford. 

No. 90. Golden, Kenora. 

No. 112. St. John's, Morrisburg. 

No. 119. King Cyrus, Leamington. 

No. 152. Alberton, Fort Francis. 

No. 164. Lome, West Lome. 

No. 223. Abitibi, Iroquois Falls. 

No. 226. Prince of Wales, Perth. 

No. 239. Blenheim, Blenheim. 

No. 244. Cochrane, Cochrane. 

90 Chapters were represented by Regular Officers. 
39 " " " " Proxy. 

13 " " '" " Past Z.'s. 

142 Total Chapters represented. 


16 Chapters not represented. 
There were 593 Delegates registered, having a total vote of 

All of which is fraternally submitted. 

W. J. Armstrong, Chairman, 

W. E. Gardiner, 

J as. Herriott, 

W. J. Stewart, 

H. A. Miller, 

Earle Grose, 

W. G Anderson, 

W. Pendleton, 

J. Pritchard, 

Fred. W. Fisher, 

W. J. Armstrong, Jr. 

A. F. Fannadill, 


It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. W. Y. Mills, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. W. J. Armstrong, and — 

Resolved, — That the report of the Committee on Credentials and 
Representatives be received and adopted. 


The following distinguished guests were in attendance and 
introduced to the delegates. 

By Most Ex. Comp. Kenneth J. Dunstan: 

Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M., G. R. Canada, in the Province 
of Ontario — R. Wor Bro. and Ex. Comp. W. J. Dunlop, Deputy 
Grand Master. 

Supreme Grand Council of the Western Jurisdiction of 
Canada, Royal and Select Masters — Most Illustrious and R. 
Ex. Comp. Harry H. Lang, Grand Master. 

The Sovereign Great Priory of Canada, Knights Templar — 
Most Em. Sir Knight and Most Ex. Comp. Chas. W. Haentschel, 
Past Grand Master. 

The Grand Chapter of the State of New York Royal Arch 
Masons — Most Ex. Comp. Carl C. Wilhelm, Grand High 
Priest; Most Ex. Comp. Henry DeWitt Hamilton, Past Grand 
High Priest and P.G. General High Priest; R. Ex. Comp. 
Wright J. Burley, Grand Principal Sojourner; R. Ex. Comp. 
Edward F. Rolle, our own Grand Representative near the 
Grand Chapter of New York; Ex. Comp. Frank 0. Lobie, Jr., 
Past High Priest. 


The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of 
Ohio — Most Ex. Comp. Paul G. Lutz, Grand High Priest. 

The Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts — Most 
Ex. Comp. Arthur D. Prince, Past Grand High Priest. 

Grand Holy Royal Arch Chapter of Pennsylvania — Ex. 
Comp. Samuel Shaw, Grand Representative of Canada near the 
Grand Chapter of Pennsylvania. (Brother of our esteemed 
Past Grand Master and Past Grand Z., Abraham Shaw, of 

The Grand Royal Arch Chapter of New Jersey — R. Ex. 
Comp. Dr. Godfrey Pittis, Grand Representative of the Grand 
Chapter of Canada near the Grand Chapter of New Jersey. 

The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Quebec — Most 
Ex. Comp. Tyrell, Grand Z. ; R. Ex. Comp. Walter W. William- 
son, Grand Scribe E. 

The Grand Chapter of Alberta—Most Ex. Comp. Canon 

Most Ex. Comp. Col. W. N. Ponton, on behalf of the Most 
Excellent the Grand Z., welcomed every guest in a most 
gracious manner and mentioned to those who came from that 
land that had 130 years ago on this very day — April 27th — 
burned the town of York (now Toronto) to the ground; and 
now we welcome you, we buried the hatchet long ago. As 
often as you come you bring new friends and we keep the old, 

"The new are silver and the old are gold." 
His sincere wish "May God give to all of you the good things 
of this earth and all joy of life." 

Grand Honours were then extended under the direction of 
the Grand Director of Ceremonies. 


R. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden presented the Ruling 
Principals' Z. of the Toronto Districts, after which R. Ex. 
Comp. Fred. Johnson read the following: — 

To the Most Excellent, the Grand First Principal, Officers and 
Members of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of 

On behalf of the Chapters of the Toronto Districts, Num- 
bers 8 and 8a, the Excellent First Principals extend a hearty 
welcome and fraternal greetings to you and Grand Chapter on 
this the seventy-ninth Annual Convocation of Grand Chapter. 

In welcoming you to> the City of Toronto we are aware that 
the contour of the skyline and the appearance of the buildings 


along the principal avenues may change every few years, but 
the spirit of the community remains constant, determining the 
attractiveness or otherwise of the city. The savor of an old 
romance or the memory of an ancient tragedy may cling about 
this street or that. The culture of the city may trace itself 
to an old lover of learning who mortgaged his farm to help 
erect the first college building. 

As we look back we feel that the foundation of such a com- 
munity, laid in the days when the city had to be cut out of 
the solid bush, and founded on the spirit of courageous aggres- 
sion and development, were sure to result in a great city. 
Toronto and her neighbouring communities have more than 
justified the hopes and expectations of their early citizens. 
They stand today as monuments to their true personal and 
collective greatness, and the wise administrative leadership 
afforded them in the early and dangerous days of their careers. 
They have reached an importance which must become greater 
in the future. Their peoples are essentially British, having an 
intense pride in successes which have crowned their efforts 
and blessed our land. 

In this development of Toronto, the city of your home, Royal 
Arch Masonry has played an important part. We, therefore, 
consider it an honour that once again Grand Chapter has ac- 
cepted the invitation of the Companions of the two Toronto 
Districts and the Principals' Association to hold its Convoca- 
tion here. 

In speaking of the services rendered by Royal Arch Ma- 
sonry and those great Masons who have preceded you in office, 
we are deeply conscious of the many sacrifices you have made 
in the interests of Capitular Masonry, of the zeal and attach- 
ment demonstrated by you throughout the entire Jurisdiction, 
and so to express our love and esteem for you as head of this 
Grand Body, to tender you our respect as a man, a citizen, and 
as Grand Z., to tell you of our affection and admiration, is the 
purpose of this address. 

Royal Arch Masonry in this jurisdiction for the past two 
years has benefited by your achievements, and we, among 
whom you have dwelt, who have known you so intimately and 
learned to love you sincerely, have felt a personal pride in the 
pre-eminent manner in which you have filled your exalted office. 
Under your guidance our ancient traditions have lost nothing 
of their mystic potency; brotherly love and good companion- 
ship have flourished and expanded; law and order have ever 
prevailed ; the ideals and visions of our ancient brethren have 
been made clearer, and brought nearer by your sound loo-ic 
and scholarly eloquence. 


To the members of Grand Chapter, as you begin your im- 
portant deliberations, we wish to convey our confidence in the 
great future which we believe lies before you, and in your 
wisdom, tact, prudence and unselfishness. In your efforts to 
relieve the sufferings of humanity and to promote progress and 
peace, we humbly join, and to you Most Excellent Sir and to 
the Members of Grand Chapter, we wish health, happiness and 

In concluding-, may we wish to all "that time and care deal 
lightly with you and that the Light which never faileth will 
ever lead you on." 

Our names and titles are subscribed hereto, this 27th day 
of April, Anno Inventionis 2467. 
Alex. Lawrence, Z., St. Andrew and St. John Chapter, No. 4, 

G.R.C., Toronto. 
William H. King., Z., King Solomon's Chapter, No. 8, G.R.C., 

A. H. J. Gil-more, Z., York Chapter, No. 62, G.R.C., Toronto. 
Dr. W. E. Tindale, Z., St. Paul's Chapter, No. 65, G.R.C., 

Geo. W. Elms, Z., Occident Chapter, No. 77, G.R.C., Toronto. 
Geo. Duguid, Z., Orient Chapter, No. 79, G.R.C., Toronto. 
EL Streeter, Z., Antiquity Chapter, No. 91, G.R.C., Toronto, 
F. W. Reynolds, Z., Succoth Chapter, No. 135, G.R.C., Uxbridge. 
Earle H. Hughes, Z., Shekinah Chapter, No. 138, G.R.C., 

F. V. Higginbottom, Z., The St. Patrick Chapter, No. 145, 

G.R.C., Toronto, 
S. A. Griffin, Z., The Beaches Chapter, No. 163, G.R.C., Toronto. 
Donald Calder, Z., Toronto Chapter, No. 185, G.R.C., Toronto. 
H. A. Wilson, Z., Peel Chapter, No. 195, G.R.C., Brampton. 
Thos. R. Johnstone, Z., Victoria Chapter, No. 205, G.R.C., 

A. Arron Goldenberg, Z., Mount Sinai Chapter, No. 212, G.R.C., 

Arthur Hurst, Z., Mimico Chapter, No. 215, G.R.C., Mimico. 
H. A. F. Schytte, Z., St. Alban's Chapter, No. 217, G.R.C., 

R. E. Story, Z., Ulster Chapter, No. 219, G.R.C., Toronto. 
W. F. Leuty, Z., Lebanon Chapter, No. 220, G.R.C., Lambton 

William Owen, Z., Beaver Chapter, No. 225, G.R.C., Toronto. 
D. J. McKee, Z., Port Credit Chapter, No. 230, G.R,C, Port 



M. L. Martyn, Z., The St. Clair Chapter, No. 231, G.R.C., 

T. V. Brett, Z., King Cyrus Chapter, No. 232, G.R.C., Toronto. 
Geo. R. Armstrong, Z., Oakwood Chapter, No. 233, G.R.C., 

Herbert Stocks, Z., Aurora Chapter, No. 235, G.R.C., Aurora. 
Fred. R. Lorriman, Z., University Chapter, No. 241, G.R.C., 

Wm. B. Hillmer, Z., Humber Chapter, No. 246, G.R.C., Weston. 

Fred. J. Johnson, Grand Superintendent, Toronto East District 

No. 8. 
Thos. R. Hughes, Grand Superintendent, Toronto West District 

No. 8a. 

Most Ex. Comp. Gardiner, on behalf of the Grand Chapter, 
expressed the appreciation not only for the welcome extended 
but also for the philanthropic work performed during the past 
year by the Toronto Districts Welfare Committee. 

The M. Ex. Grand Z. announced that all Royal Arch Masons 
in good standing, and properly vouched for, would as visitors 
be admitted during the sessions of Grand Chapter. 


The Grand Scribe E. commenced reading the minutes of 
the Proceedings of the Seventy-eighth Annual Convocation, 
held in the city of St. Catharines, Tuesday and Wednesday, 
February 25th and 26th, 1936, when it was moved by R. Ex. 
Comp. W. Y. Mills, seconded by M. Ex. Comp. W. S. Davis, 
and — 

Resolved, — That as the Proceedings of the last Annual Convocation, 
held Tuesday and Wednesday, February 25th and 26th, 1936, have been 
printed and copies thereof sent to all the Chapters in this Jurisdiction, 
the recorded minutes be considered as read, and the same is now con- 


It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. J. Burden, and seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. W. Y. Mills, and— 

Resolved,— "That the Grand Z. be given authority to alter the Order 
of Business at this Convocation in his discretion." 



The M. Ex. the Grand Z. directed the Grand Scribe E. to 
call the roll of Representatives of Sister Grand Jurisdictions 

when they assembled before the Altar. The following" Grand 
Representatives answered their names : 

R. Ex. Comp. J. W. Lawrence, Toronto Alabama - 

R. " " John M. Empey, Mitchell Alberta 

V. " " Percy Rogers, Toronto Arizona 

R- " " J- M. Burden, Toronto British Columbia 

R. " " C H. Burgess, Port Credit California 

R. " " A. E. Bryson, Toronto Colorado 

R. " " Harvey J. Milne, Kingston Connecticut 

R. " " Geo. W. Slack, Toronto ; Delaware 

R. " " J. H. Cowan, Gait Florida 

M. " " W. N. Ponton, Belleville Georgia 

R. " " J. J. Shelley, Toronto Illinois 

R. " " R. W. McFaddien, Brantford Ireland 

R. " " A. P. Goering, Hamilton Kansas 

R. " " Rev. A. S. H. Cree, Leamington Kentucky 

M. " " W. Y. Mills, Kingston Louisiana 

V. " " A. J. Stringer, Toronto Massachusetts 

M. " " W. G. Price, Port Credit Michigan 

R. " " Oliver Ell wood, London Minnesota 

R. " " A. Art Gray, Toronto Mississippi 

V. " " James Herriott, Toronto Montana 

R. " " W. S. M. Enouy, Toronto Nebraska 

R. " " John Marr, Guelph Nevada 

M. " " W. H. Davis, Hamilton New Hampshire 

R. " " A. D. Mclnityre, Toronto New Jersey 

V. " " R. B. Dargavel, Toronto New South Wales 

M. " " C. W. Haentschel, Haileybury New York 

R. " " J. A. Evans, Toronto New Zealand 

R. " " F. G. McLean, Toronto North Carolina 

R. " " J. Alf. Burnett, Toronto North Dakota 

M. " " Geo. Moore, Hamilton Nova Scotia 

M. " " Edwin Smith, London Ohio 

R. " '" Ed. Worth, Chatham Oklahoma 

R. " " J. J. Gardiner, Smiths Falls Oregon 

M. " " K. J. Dunstan, Toronto Pennsylvania 

M. " " Geo. L. Gardiner, Toronto Quebec 

R. " " John Boyd, Toronto Queensland 

R. " " Ed. H. Brennan, Niagara-on-the-Lake... Rhode Island 

R. " " Win. Downing, Kitchener South Dakota 

R. " " J. H. C. Woodward, London Tennessee 

R. " " W. L. Stewart, London Texas 

R. " " V. M. Hare, Uxbridge Utah 

R. " " L. Stephens, Hamilton Vermont 

V. " " Sid. J. Newdick, Toronto Victoria 

R. " " Fred. G. Smith, Ottawa Virginia 

R. " " H. A. Miller, Toronto Washington 

R. " " W. J. Armstrong, Toronto .West Australia 

M. " " Alex. Cowan, Barrie West Virginia 

R. " " W r . J. Woodsworth, Toronto Wisconsin 

R. " " H. E. Meadd, Cornwall Wyoming 


The Grand Z. welcomed the forty-nine various Grand 
Representatives in suitable terms and requested that they con- 
vey the kind wishes of the Grand Chapter of Canada to their 
various Grand Jurisdictions whom they represent. He stated 
that as they are the official connecting- link he was pleased to 
note the great number answering the Roll Call and trusted 
that they would continue to attend regularly. 

Grand Honours were accorded to the Grand Representa- 
tives, and then Most Ex. Comp. George L. Gardiner presented 
the following- address : 


To the Officers and Companions of the Most Excellent, the 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

Again we assemble to convene Grand Chapter, to review 
the achievements of the past and to lay lines and draw de- 
signs on the Trestle Board for the future. 

We are gathered together not alone for the purpose of 
transacting routine business but also to establish if possible 
some landmark which may serve as a guide and inspiration to 
those who tomorrow may follow in our footsteps. 

Recognizing that we as a Grand Body come under the 
scrutinizing" eye of the Mason and non-Mason alike, it be- 
hooves us to move with dignity, to walk circumspectly, to legis- 
late efficiently and at all times to demonstrate our sincerity 
when we say "Ever remembering the grea,t object of this In- 
stitution — Obedience to Thy most Sacred Laws." 

At our last regular Convocation — Grand Chapter in its 
wisdom altered the old-established date of meeting. The 
wintry blasts of cold February gives place to the beauty of 
April with all its promise of warmth and sunshine. It is my 
earnest hope that the change from February with its long trail 
of happy memories may be reflected in an increased interest 
and attendance that will justify our action in discarding an 
Ancient Landmark. 

My Companions, it gives me much pleasure, at this time, to 
welcome you to our 79th Annual Convocation. To the many 
honoured and distinguished guests I extend fraternal and 
neighbourly greetings. Without representation from Sister 
Jurisdictions, the Mother Grand Lodge, and other Sovereign 
Bodies no convocation of this Grand Chapter could possibly 
enjoy the measure of success which their helpful presence 


assures. We are grateful to them for their attendance and 
paraphrase a few well-known lines with which to greet them. 

"Come in the evening, or come in the morning 
Come when you're looked for or come without warning, 
Warm hand-clasps and welcome you'll find here before you 
And the oftener you come the more we'll adore you." 

Grand Chapter convenes today in the capital city of the 
Province of Ontario, and as a native born Torontonian it is 
with pardonable pride that I remind you that Toronto, the 
Queen City, occupies a position which was of great importance 
long- before the advent of the white race. As a village it dates 
back to the days of the noble red man and to a period when 
almost the entire province was a dense hardwood forest pene- 
trated only in a few directions by Indian trails. 

The name "Toronto" is of Indian origin and literally means 
"Place of Meeting". Surely an appropriate title for a city 
whose hospitality to the stranger within its gates has estab- 
lished for it an enviable reputation as a convention centre. 

Established as a trading post in 1749, Toronto was in- 
corporated as a city in 1884, and during slightly more than a 
century of growth it has developed into the second largest 
city in the Dominion of Canada and in every respect is recog- 
nized among the great cities of this continent. With its many 
points of historic and modern interest, its splendid facilities 
for entertainment and comfort Toronto offers an ideal location 
for a gathering of this kind. 

With a desire to provide accommodation that will conserve 
time and minimize expense, we meet in this well-appointed and 
spacious building — where ample provision has been reserved 
not only for the sessions of Grand Chapter but also for the ac- 
commodation and entertainment of our guests and delegates. 
Under these favourable auspices we assemble today to give an 
account of our stewardship, to consider the problems that con- 
front us as a Legislative Body, and to return thanks to the 
Great Jehovah for all the Blessings that He has vouchsafed 
to us since last we met. 

Whither Are We Bound. 

In these days of stress and turmoil, doubt and anxiety, the 
serious minded are pondering over the pertinent and timely 
question "What does the future hold — whither are we bound? ' 
It is a question that requires careful study and thought if we 
are to supply a satisfying answer. The optimist will un- 
doubtedly reply that "The rainbow of recovery seems clearly 


discernible." The pessimist reminds us that while the sun is 
to be seen behind the clouds, yet are we still living in a day 
when the sky is overcast. It would appear logical that if we 
are to step out of the shadow of doubt, apprehension and de- 
spair, if we are to reach the God-given sunlight of better days, 
we must join forces with the optimistic soul whose eye is 
focused on the "rainbow". 

It is true that the constitution of men differ, that all do not 
see alike. Let us, therefore, deal kindly with, him who- lives 
only in the present, and be tolerant with all whose attitude of 
mind is such that they fail to grasp the significance of the 
thought that in these days all things are in a state of flux. New 
thoughts, new ideas, new inventions, even new forms of gov- 
ernment which taken at face value almost seem alluring. 
Time and circumstances change all things, no art or era or 
thing remains unchanged through the relentless march of 
time. No idea, no method remains unaltered with the passing 
of years. New conditions arise, new problems face us that re- 
quire a constant change in our methods. New habits must be 
formed, our mentalities developed and our very personalities 
altered if we are to successfully meet these changing condi- 
tions. What appears hopeless and chaotic is probably part of 
the scheme of things, the movement towards the completion 
of the Divine plan. 

With transformation and changes of a major character all 
about us it would appear that the solution of our problems 
rests not alone upon the present but to an even greater extent 
upon the future. The unsettled conditions in Europe, the 
feverish haste exhibited by all nations to increase armaments, 
the economic strife, the social and industrial unrest ; all add to 
the anxiety and uncertainty of the day. Yet in the eyes of 
the optimist these are but living signs of that great change 
which is inevitable, that reconstruction of thought and action 
so essential if we are to return to the peaceful pursuits of our 
forefathers, breathe again the atmosphere of confidence and 
amity and enjoy the respect and esteem of our neighbours. 

Let us offer a fervent prayer that the forces making for 
peace may prove of greater strength than the sinister forces 
that make for war. That the near future may bring relief to 
the many who have been victims of existing conditions, that 
it may ease the strain of those who have struggled with seem- 
ing futility to keep the foundations intact. How necessary 
that we encourage and develop this spirit of optimism, which 
after all, is but Hope in action. Optimism is not a passive 


philosophy but a courageous and active determination that the 
best shall be achieved. 

The best things in life come from that inner light known 
as idealism, courage of spirit moreover engenders the best in 
a man for with optimism one finds courage to face both the 
privileges and adversities of life. 

Optimism is the challenge of the best, the belief that truth 
is greater than fiction, justice stronger than tyranny and the 
nobility of human nature far in excess of its defects. If all 
mankind embraced this creed — it should not be difficult to 
answer the question "Whither are we bound?" Alas, too many 
in these days have discarded Hope and seem to have surrender- 
ed to the despairing words of Hamlet. 

"The time is out of joint — cursed spite that 
ever I was born to set it right." 

Though impelled by a desire to assist they are overwhelmed 
by a sense of their own relative smallness. Bewildered by the 
terrific magnitude of the task before them they weaken and 
fail to respond to the cry for assistance from their more 
courageous fellows. 

"The old order changeth" is the battle cry of those who 
seek to sway the masses, hence we face a world of conflict 
and suspicion. They dangle before our eyes the mirage of a 
new Utopia as a definite solution of our difficulties. While war- 
weary Europe lisps of peace and collective security we cannot 
reject the fact that there are nations who still hold tenaciously 
to the ancient belief that "Might is Right", nor can we fail to 
take cognizance of the fact that within and without our 
boundaries, highly organized subversive movements are active- 
ly at work, and the force, zeal, determination and defiance of 
such movements can no longer be ignored. We must be vigilant 
and prepared to combat such evils, for we cannot hope to 
successfully counter their persistent boring and under-mining 
with purely negative frontal attacks. Law and order must be 
maintained if civilization is to endure. While these conditions 
obtain our security can only be assured by a policy of watch- 
fulness and preparedness, and the tremendous increase in the 
expenditures for defence by Canada and the Motherland, 
should not be accepted as indicative of a desire for war, but 
rather as precautionary measures to ensure peace. 

The social and industrial unrest can only be adjusted by 
Governmental action combined with a generous spirit of co- 
operation on the part of employers, certainly it is an evil that 


cannot be corrected by the individual but we at least can lend 
assistance by the development and exercise of those Christian 
principles which are the very foundation of present-day civiliza- 
tion, by spreading the gospel of optimism and in placing our 
trust in Almighty God whose ever-present hand is a shield 
and bulwark in our time of need. 

Masonry and the Day. 

To say that conditions within the realm of Royal Arch 
Masonry have materially altered since last we met might prove 
a statement difficult to sustain. A careful analysis of facts and 
figures will undoubtedly indicate that our position is much the 
same as it was twelve months ago. Yet, there are very definite 
signs that inspire the encouraging statement that the coming 
year should hold for Masonry in all its branches and ramifica- 
tions a measure of change that should favourably re- act on our 
financial and numerical strength. 

But, should such prove to be true are we assured that a 
substantial increase in our fiscal reserve or even a material 
increase in our membership will add to our actual strength 
which after! all can only be determined in terms of influence 
and brotherhood. During the past few years with a decreasing 
membership it has been gratifying to know that the circle of 
our influence has expanded and the spirit of brotherhood be- 
come stronger, more active and intensified. 

The sentiment of Masonry has dwelt among men in every 
clime and age. Its structural form and indeed some of its cere- 
monies have pictured the changeful growth of the human race. 
Down through the storied past it has marched abreast of 
changing conditions. It has suffered from the opposition of 
the profane and ignorant, and bears the invisible scars of self- 
sacrifice, yet, throughout the centuries that mark its span of 
life, it has held true to those fundamentals upon which it was 
founded. While perhaps with the passing of time slight 
changes appear in our mode of presentation, we still cling 
firmly to the ancient landmarks and as a result instead of 
diminishing, our sphere of influence continue to expand and 
develop, and this influence is being exerted today more than 
ever before. 

In its silent mysterious workings it is constantly pleading 
for a more common brotherhood and for a purer and more 
lofty plane of living. The barriers which for ages past have 
divided men in their religious, social and academic beliefs are 
gradually disappearing and our forces are rallying under one 


standard of righteousness, seeking" to destroy selfishness, hate 
and intolerance, and exercising their influence in an effort to 
uplift humankind. 

In the adjustment of our social conditions and in the cor- 
rection of those evils which threaten our moral welfare there 
are no higher duties developing upon us as Royal Arch Ma- 
sons than to put to practical use the great lessons of our 
Masonic art — to face our tasks and responsibilities with cour- 
age and an unwavering determination that the strength and 
influence of this age-old institution may be reflected in the life 
and character of all who range themselves under its banners. 
Our faith in the future may best be expressed in the following 
lines by an unknown writer. 

"And ever the question ariseth 
As portentous signs we trace, 

What will the final outcome be and what the saving grace 
And Masonry makes answer with its all sufficient plan. 
The Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man." 

The Immortals. 

"Life's race well run, 
Life's work well done, 
Life's crown well won 
Now comes rest." 

Let us at the threshold of our assembling here today pay 
tribute to the memory of many who have departed this life 
since last we gathered in annual convocation. 

From Sister Jurisdictions we learn of the death of many 
outstanding Companions. Each marks the passing of one of 
Masonry's distinguished sons. Our sincere sympathy is extend- 
ed to those in sorrow, we share their loss and console them 
with the thought that death is but the golden key that opens 
the Temple of Immortality. 

We mourn the death of many of our own Brethren and Com- 
panions. While the report on the Fraternal Dead will speak 
more worthily of those whom we have lost I am sure that you 
will permit me as your Grand First Principal to pay tribute 
to the revered memory of three of our Companions who have 
been particularly prominent in the activities of this Grand 
Body for many years past. 

R. Excellent Companion Sidney S. Forbes, Grand Third 
Principal J., of the Grand Chapter of Canada, born in Cayuga, 
Ontario, on May 18th, 1884, died in the city of Hamilton on 
December 13th, 1936. 


Companion Forbes was, a well beloved Mason and highly 
esteemed and respected as a citizen of Hamilton. A member of 
both Temple and Dundurn Lodges he maintained an active 
interest in Craft Masonry. Exalted in St. John's Chapter, No. 
6 in 1911, he became First Principal in 1919. He was also 
prominently identified with McKay Chapter, No, 243. In 1924 
he occupied the position of President in the Hamilton Prin- 
cipals' Association, subsequently being elected Grand Superin- 
tendent of Hamilton District, No. 5. As a reward for his many 
years of faithful service he was chosen Grand Third Principal 
of Grand Chapter in 1935, which position he held with char- 
acteristic grace and dignity until the time of his death. 

The passing of Pc. Ex. Companion Forbes came as a distinct 
shock to his many friends and colleagues of Grand Chapter. 
Possessed of recognized executive ability, quiet, unostentations 
and of a lovable character, Companion Forbes enjoyed the con- 
fidence and respect of all with whom he associated. But, let us 
not think of him as dead but rather as one who has laid aside 
his working tools and retired to rest — gathering strength for a 
better day to come. 

Through life we strive so to live as to prepare ourselves for 
that great " Hereafter", so to live, that we may win the crown 
of immortality. As we think of Companion Forbes today our 
hearts are full and in our sorrow we' are apt to forget that he 
whose memory we honour is now enjoying the fruits of his 
labour — that reward for which he lived a long and useful life — 
not dead but happy among the immortals. The soft memory 
of his virtues will linger as the twilight hours when the sun 
is set. 

R.Ex. Companion William McGregor Logan — died in the 
City of Hamilton on Thursday, April 1st, 1937. 

It is with profound sorrow that I record the death of 
Companion Logan whose interest in all branches of Masonry 
made him an outstanding figure among the Craftsmen of 
this country. As a citizen he was prominently identified with 
many social, educational and religious activities and filled 
with distinction important positions in the public life of 

Better known perhaps as the Grand Secretary of the 
Grand Lodge of Canada, in the Province of Ontario, Com- 
panion Logan brought to that important office the many rare 
gifts with which he was so plentifully endowed. Beloved and 
respected by those who knew him — his death marks the pass- 


ing of one who has long been an ornament to society, a tal- 
ented servant of Masonry and a friend to all. 

Initiated in Malahide Lodge No. 140, Aylmer, he later 
became Worshipful Master of St. John's Lodge No. 40, Ham- 
ilton, Ontario, followed by a term as District Deputy Grand 
Master of the Hamilton District. He finally assumed the 
office of Grand Secretary in 1918. In Royal Arch Masonry 
he was identified with Hamilton and St. John's Chapters and 
served as Grand Superintendent of the Hamilton District. 

Companion Logan was a member of the Knights Templar, 
the Scottish Rite, and at the time of his death was the Pro- 
vincial Grand Master of the Royal Order of Scotland. 

The death of Companion Logan closes the earthly record 
of a full life of service well rendered. His countless friend- 
ships will stand as a lasting memorial to his winning person- 
ality, his sincerity of purpose, his culture and loyalty to the 
cause of Masonry which claimed such a definite part of his 

Loved in life — honoured in death — his services to the 
Craft will be rewarded by the loving memory of all who 
knew him. 

R. Excellent Companion Bernard Cairns — born in Quebec 
in March, 1865— died in the City of Toronto, August 28th, 
1936. Our beloved Companion was an eminently respected 
citizen of Toronto, and a familiar figure in the business-life 
of the community. He was closely identified with all branches 
of Masonry. In Craft Masonry he was a Past Master of Orient 
and Caledonia Lodges. A Past Grand Registrar of the Grand 
Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario. In Royal Arch 
Masonry he occupied the chair of First Principal in the St. 
Patrick Chapter and later in Beaver Chapter, in Grand Chapter 
he held the rank of Past Grand Scribe N. He was .also greatly 
interested in Geoffrey de St. Aldemar Preceptory of the 
Knights Templar and also took an active part in the Royal and 
Select Masters. 

With the death of R. Excellent Companion Cairns, Grand 
Chapter is weakened by the loss of one whose love for the fra- 
ternity as a whole made him an active figure in all that per- 
tained to the Royal Craft. Loved and respected by all who 
knew him Companion Cairns will be greatly missed especially 
here in Toronto where for so many years he laboured in the 
quarries of Masonry. His sterling character and genial per- 
sonality has left an indelible imprint upon our hearts and 


As we mourn the death of R. Excellent Companion Forbes, 
R. Excellent Companion Logan, R. Excellent Companion 
Cairns and the other all too numerous good men and true 
whom we have recently lost we are impressed with the 
thought that although they are no longer with us, yet, do 
they live in all things that surround us. The memory of their 
lives have lighted fires in the circle of their influence that will 
long outlast the headstone and the tablet. 

Though we hear no answer from the limitless ocean upon 
which they have set sail, we know that could they but speak 
to us we should hear some echo of the words — 

"Sunset and Evening Star 
And one clear call for me 
And may there be no moaning of the bar 
When I put out to Sea." 

The Coronation. 

Within a short time the eyes of the world will be centred on 
London when Britain and the Over-Seas Dominions with all 
the pageantry of medieval days will crown George VI., as King 
and Emperor. 

As loyal subjects we proudly acclaim His Most Gracious 
Majesty George VI. as our Sovereign Lord and Ruler. Long 
may he reign] over us is our fervent prayer, long may he be 
spared to bind together all parts of his far-flung Empire. 
While we re-affirm our allegiance to the Crown and Person of 
His Majesty we are not forgetful of him whom we also< loved 
and lost. 

As the traditional ceremonies of Coronation are observed 
we blend our voices with the other members of Britain's family 
in singing happily and with loving sincerity. 

God Save our Gracious King, 
Long Live our Noble King 
God Save our King. 


During the past year By-Laws and amendments to By- 
Laws of the following Chapters were submitted for considera- 
tion and in due course approved by me. 

No. 1. Ancient Frontenac and Cataraqui Chapter, 

Kingston, Ont. 
No. 3. St. John's Chapter, London, Ont. 
No. 8. King Solomon's Chapter, Toronto, Ont. 


No. 18. Oxford Chapter, Woodstock, Ont. 

No. 24. Tecumseh Chapter, Stratford, Ont. 

No. 31. Prince Edward Chapter, Picton, Ont. 

No. 32. Waterloo Chapter, Gait, Ont. 

No. 36. Corinthian Chapter, Peterborough, Ont. 

No. 47. Wellington Chapter, Chatham, Ont. 

No. 65. St. Paul's Chapter, Toronto, Ont. 

No. 67. Enterprise Chapter, Palmerston, Ont. 

No. 68. Maitland Chapter, North Augusta, Ont. 

No. 81. Aylmer Chapter, Aylmer, Ont. 

No. 82. Shuniah Chapter, Port Arthur. 

No. 90. Golden Chapter, Kenora, Ont. 

No. 95. Tuscan Chapter, Sudbury, Ont. 

No. 104. W T hite Oak Chapter, Oakville, Ont. 

No. 115. Brant Chapter, Paris, Ont, 

No. 143. Glengarry Chapter, Maxville, Ont. 

No. 145. The St. Patrick Chapter, Toronto, Ont. 

No. 149. Atwood Chapter, Rainy River, Ont. 

No. 155. Ancaster Chapter, Ancaster, Ont. 

No. 164. Lome Chapter, West Lome, Ont. 

No. 185. The Toronto Chapter, Toronto, Ont. 

No. 205. Victoria Chapter, Thornhill, Ont. 

No. 217. St. Alban's Chapter, Toronto, Ont. 

No. 220. Lebanon Chapter, Lambton Mills, Ont. 

No. 225. Beaver Chapter, Toronto, Ont. 

No. 233. Oakwood Chapter, Toronto, Ont. 

No. 243. McKay Chapter, Stoney Creek, Ont. 

No. 246. Humber Chapter, Weston, Ont. 

No. 248. Dochert Chapter, Arnprior, Ont. 

Grand Representatives. 

At our last regular Convocation I stressed the importance 
of Grand Representatives keeping close contact by corre- 
spondence or wherever possible by personal visitation with the 
Jurisdiction which they represent. I am happy to say that 
many of our Grand Representatives have complied with my 
suggestion. It is to be regretted that there are still a limited 
few who through indifference or causes beyond their control 
have not properly discharged their duties* in this regard., and 
have not attended a Convocation of this Grand Chapter for 
some years. Surely these Companions having been entrusted 
with the responsibility of representation will realize the im- 
possibility of fulfilling the duties for which they were appoint- 
ed unless they are regular in their attendance to Grand 


Chapter. Believing that it is our duty to provide active repre- 
sentation for Sister Jurisdictions I promptly nominated new 
representatives where death had resulted in vacancies and can- 
celled the commissions of several Companions who have not 
attended our Grand Chapter for five or more years. These 
nominations in due course were confirmed and the following 
Companions appointed Representatives of other Grand Chap- 
ters near the Grand Chapter of Canada. 

Arizona — V. Ex. Comp. Percy W. Rogers, Toronto, Ont. 

Ireland— R. Ex. Comp. R. W. E, McFadden, Brantford, Ont. 

Montana — V. Ex. Comp. James Herriott, Toronto, Ont. 

Nebraska— R. Ex. Comp. W. S. M. Enouy, Toronto, Ont. 

New Jersey — R. Ex. Comp. A. D. Mclntyre, Toronto, Ont. 

Pennsylvania — M. Ex. Comp. K. J. Dunstan, Toronto, Ont. 

Vermont — R. Ex. Comp. L. S. Stephens, Hamilton, Ont. 

Rhode Island — R. Ex. Comp. Ed. H. Brennan, Niagara-on- 
the-Lake, Ont. 

Virginia — R. Ex. Comp. Fred. G. Smith, Ottawa, Ont. 

British Columbia — R. Ex. Comp. Jno. M .Burden, Toronto, 

Washington— R. Ex. Comp. H. A. Miller, Toronto, Ont. 

Vacancies having occurred in our representation near the 
Grand Chapters of Nevada, North Dakota, Texas and Queens- 
land upon recommendations I was very happy to commission 
the following Companions to represent our Grand Chapter. 

Nevada, — Peter Enrietti, Winnemucca. 
North Dakota — Guy R. Vansickle, Minot. 
Queensland — James Shirra, Sr., Coorparoo. 
Texas — William M. Huff, Corsicana. 

Before leaving this subject let me express my regret at the 
necessity for the drastic action taken in the cancellation of so 
many commissions. From personal correspondence I am as- 
sured that other Grand Chapters have appreciated this action 
realizing for some time past that their Representatives near 
our Grand Chapter were inactive to say the least. Again I ex- 
press the hope that those Companions who have been selected 
to act in the capacity of Grand Representatives may seriously 
consider their responsibility and communicate regularly with 
the Jurisdictions which they have the honour to represent. 
In so doing our Sister Grand Chapters will know and appreci- 
ate that they have an active and interested ambassador near 
the Grand Chapter of Canada. 


The Representatives of the Grand First Principal. 

May I take this opportunity of conveying my thanks and 
appreciation to those zealous and distinguished Companions 
who so faithfully performed their duties as my Representative 
in their respective Districts. During the year I was in close 
personal touch with the majority of these Companions and 
was greatly impressed not only by their earnest endeavour to 
further the interests of Royal Arch Masonry but also by the 
dignified and efficient manner in which they discharged the 
duties of their offices. 

Realizing that under present-day conditions that leadership 
is one of the first essentials to success, these zealous and pains- 
taking Companions set out with a grim determination to supply 
a quality of leadership that should prove fruitful of the desired 
result. That their efforts were crowned with well-deserved 
success is best evidenced by the revival of interest and the in- 
creased attendance that characterized our activities through- 
out the year. To say that they have ably upheld the best tra- 
ditions of the past is not sufficient, rather should we credit 
them with having successfully guided Royal Arch Masonry 
through a trying and anxious year. By example and precept 
they diligently laboured to so inspire their Companions that 
what slight success has been attained this year may prove but 
a fore-runner of still greater success in the coming year. 

To those who may succeed them as Grand Superintendents 
I stress the necessity for more active co-operation with the 
office of the Grand Scribe E. May I suggest that they make 
every effort to furnish their reports and the annual returns of 
the Chapters of their districts well within the time prescribed 
for the completion of such information. I desire to reiterate 
my remarks of last year and say that delay in furnishing these 
statistical reports have seriously retarded the preparatory 
work of Grand Chapter and have materially added to the 
burden of those Committees charged with the responsibility 
for the compilation of Grand Chapter reports. I again empha- 
size the necessity for Grand Superintendents on inspection of 
the books and records of constituent Chapters under their con- 
trol — signing and dating such books and records to indicate 
that such inspection has been made. 

Veterans of Masonry. 

Let me again pay tribute to those who during the year 
qualified for Long Service Jewels. No duty that I have been 
called upon to discharge has given me such pleasure as the 


presentation of these jewels. Would that I could have per- 
sonally met each of these Companions and expressed our 
appreciation for the splendid service they have rendered. 
While we recognize in the erection of a stately structure that a 
continued supply of new material is essential to the completion 
of the plan, we also realize that the basic strength of that struc- 
ture is largely dependent upon the quality of the material used 
in its foundation. Applying this thought to Royal Arch Ma- 
sonry we find a very definite need for the interest and en- 
thusiasm of youth, the mature thought of those who are in the 
meridian of Life, but our future — yes — our very existence to 
an even greater extent depends upon those venerable Com- 
panions who borne upon the swift though silent wings of time 
have gathered Wisdom as the heritage of the passing years. 
Time has laid its hand but gently upon the hearts of these 
men of long service, still active and interested in the Royal 
Craft they seem to realize the truth of Browning's words — 

"The Best is yet to be 
The last of life for which the first was made." 

I am inclined to think that some change in our mode of dis- 
tribution should be made. An honour earned should be 
promptly paid, and I believe you will agree, that a recognition 
that has to be sought loses much of its value. 

It has been drawn to my attention that many Companions 
who qualify for these jewels have had to ask for them, and in 
many instances these have been forwarded to the Scribe E., 
of their Chapter with no official arrangements for their 
presentation. I recommend that in future that the Chapters 
in their annual returns indicate the date that each Past Prin- 
cipal occupied the chair and where a Companion qualifies for 
a Long Service Jewel special reference should be made. The 
office of the Grand Scribe E., should then dispatch as quickly 
as possible the desired jewel. This being a Grand Chapter 
recognition for services rendered the Grand Scribe E., under 
the direction of the Grand First Principal, should designate a 
Past or Present Officer of Grand Chapter to publicly make the 
presentation in the name of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of Canada. There is no clearly defined method of pro- 
cedure at the present time and I can quite understand the dis- 
appointment of a Companion who having served faithfully and 
well for twenty-five or more years is handed the Jewel by the 
Scribe E. of his Chapter without the formality of a Grand 
Chapter presentation. 


The following- Companions have completed the required 
length of service and have received the "Age with Honour" 
Jewels during the year just passed. 

R. Ex. Comps. A. O'Dell, Thos. Towers ; Ex. Comp. A. W. 
Palmer, The Hiram Chapter, No. 2, Hamilton, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. J. A. Atcheson; V. Ex. Comp. E. W. G. 
Quartz ; Ex. Comp. Frank E. Miller, St. George Chapter, No. 5, 
London, Ont. 

Ex. Comp, A. C. Barnett, Mount Horeb Chapter, No. 20, 
Brantford, Ont. 

Ex. Comp. A. J. Hartley, Harris Chapter, No. 41, Ingersoll, 

Ex. Comp. J. W. Thompson, Mount Sinai Chapter, No. 44,, Ont. 

Ex. Comp. J. Thorne, Excelsior Chapter, No. 45, Colborne, 

R. Ex. Comps. A. J. Gould, J. H. Purdy, Ex. Comp. J. R. 
Irwin, St. John's Chapter, No. 48, Cobourg, Ont. 

Ex. Comp. J. A. McAndrew, St. Paul's Chapter, No. 65, 
Toronto, Ont. 

Ex. Comp. J. A. Brand, Minnewawa Chapter, No. 78, Park- 
hill, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. Jas. Herriot, Antiquity Chapter, No. 91, Tor- 
onto, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comps. F. W. Colloton, J. Fowler, Tuscan Chapter, 
No. 95, Sudbury, Ont. 

Ex. Comp. A. H. Richardson, Algonquin Chapter, No. 102, 
Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. 

Ex. Comp. D. P. McDiarmid, Glengarry Chapter, No. 143, 
Maxville, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. P. W. Rogers ; Ex. Comp. C. G. Smith, The St. 
Patrick Chapter, No. 145, Toronto, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. R. D. Keefe, Kichikewana Chapter, No. 167, 
Midland, Ont. 

Ex. Comp. F. J. Howell, The Hamilton Chapter, No. 175, 
Hamilton, Ont. 


After a conference with the members of the Grand Council 
I concurred with the chairman of Audit and Finance in the 
further investment of $2,500.00 in 3%% debentures, with the 


Ontario Loan and Debenture Company for a period of five 

A perusal of the Treasurer's and the Audit and Finance 
Committee's reports will, I am sure, indicate that the finances 
of Grand Chapter are on a solid foundation for which we 
should return thanks to those Companions who have been 
charged with the responsibility of supervising: our fiscal 


It is not my intention to mention in detail the many applica- 
tions for dispensation received during- the past twelve months 
suffice it to say that the great majority deal with purely 
routine matters and were granted. 

However, I desire to mention a few which I felt it my duty 
to decline. 

A Chapter requested dispensation to wear Royal Arch 
Regalia at a Divine Service held under the auspices of 
another branch of Masonry. I refused this request on the 
grounds that it is not desirable that Royal Arch regalia 
be worn at any but functions directly under the control of 
Royal Arch Masonry. 

A Chapter applied for dispensation to confer the rank 
of a Past Principal upon a Companion who had not occu- 
pied the offices of either Z., H., or J. Dispensation de- 
clined as unconstitutional. 

Several Chapters sought permission to hold special 
convocation of their respective Chapters in private resi- 
dences and in buildings not dedicated to Masonic use. Hav- 
ing carefully examined the circumstances surrounding 
these requests I declined dispensations as not in the best 
interests of Royal Arch Masonry. 

I desire at this 1 time to remind our Companions that a dis- 
pensation is necessary for the holding of any function other 
than those provided for in the Chapter By-Laws. This in- 
cludes Divine Services and Social Functions and such applica- 
tions should be made in ample time to permit consideration by 
the Grand First Principal — and the issue and recording of the 
dispensation by the Grand Scribe E. It is with pleasure that I 
note the increasing number of requests for dispensations for 
Divine Service and most heartily endorse this method of openly 
displaying our allegiance to Him whose Holy Word is both the 
foundation and copestone of our whole structure. 



Few rulings were asked for during the year and of these 
the major portion were unimportant and need not here be men- 
tioned. I refer, however, to a ruling which is of considerable 
moment. Several weeks after the last Convocation of Grand 
Chapter complaint was made that the election of the Grand 
Superintendent of a certain district was irregular and it was 
suggested that the said Grand Superintendent be removed 
from office and a new election held. Upon investigation I found 
no grounds to prove irregularity in the District meeting. The 
minutes of which clearly indicated that the present incumbent 
of the office was declared elected by his predecessor. Grand 
Chapter later being advised that the Companion in question 
was the choice of the District and this having been officially 
presented without protest the appointment was legally con- 
firmed and the Companion duly installed in office. Finding no 
ground that warranted further action I ruled that the Com- 
panion in question was legally the Grand Superintendent of the 
District for the ensuing year, and until such time as a suc- 
cessor has been regularly elected by the District and con- 
firmed by the Grand First Principal. 

The importance I attach to this matter is not in the ruling 
itself but rather in the principle involved. I strongly recom- 
mend that a committee be appointed to investigate the question 
of District meetings and particularly District elections. A 
uniform method of election is most desirable as is also the 
establishment of permanent records which may be used from 
year to year. From information at hand I am inclined to be- 
lieve that lack of knowledge or carelessness or perhaps a com- 
bination of both is largely responsible for failure to conduct 
these meetings according to instructions. In recommending a 
committee to investigate this matter I do so with the earnest 
hope that as a result of such investigation our District meet- 
ings may be elevated to a higher level and that these meetings 
may be uniform in character, dignified and business-like. 

A further ruling deals with the question of sending monthly 
circulars out in unsealed envelopes. After mature deliberation 
I ruled that as the Chapter Summons contains confidential 
matter not intended for others than the members of the Chap- 
ter, that they should at all times be sealed. While I appreciate 
that any saving is worth-while, I am strongly of the opinion 
that every care must be exercised to prevent information with 
respect to candidates being made public and this may only b2 
done by mailing the Summons in a sealed envelope. 



Perhaps it may not be amiss for me at this time to sound a 
note of warning to constituent Chapters with respect to the 
yearly audit of their financial affairs. Chapter auditors should 
include an inspection of everything that is taken into the 
Chapter assets. I have been informed that this has not been 
the practice in a number of our Chapters. The investment in 
property, bonds, or other forms of investment should un- 
doubtedly form a part of the audit. I also am firmly convinced 
that Trustees of invested funds should be elected for a stated 
period and where such is not the case Chapter by-laws should 
be amended to make this obligatory. 

The action will relieve the embarrassment of Chapter 
Officers who have found difficulty in dealing with trustees who 
have with mistaken zeal failed to properly co-operate. 

Special Committees. 

At the last Convocation of Grand Chapter recommendation 
was made and duly approved for the appointment of special 
committees to deal with matters of vital importance. These 
committees having been appointed very generously gave of 
their time and experience in dealing with the problems en- 
trusted to them. I have no desire to anticipate their reports 
which will I am sure be received with much interest by Grand 
Chapter. But, I should ask your indulgence while I briefly 
refer to one suggestion which, no doubt, will be dealt with in 
detail in the report of one of these committees. It has reference 
to the addition to our line of officers of an official to be known 
as Grand Chaplain. In the majority of Sister Jurisdictions 
provision has been made for such a position. I have long felt 
that the office of Grand Third Principal fails to give us that 
spiritual guidance which one associates with a minister of the 
Gospel. Much importance is attached to the office elsewhere 
and I am sure that our best interests will be served in the 
establishment of an office that will also provide advancement 
to many of our " Brethren of the Cloth" who while greatly 
interested in Royal Arch Masonry cannot give to it the time 
necessary to fill any elective or appointed office which demands 
continued activity throughout the Masonic year. 


Owing to pressure of Masonic duties within our own 
boundaries I was unable to personally visit as many of our 
Sister Jurisdictions as I should have wished. That the three- 
fold cord that binds us in Brotherhood and common interest to 


the Masons of the Capitular world is not weakening but rather 
acquiring- added strength with the passing of time may best 
be calculated by the fraternal spirit which actuated the many 
invitations that I received to visit and fraternize with our 
* 'Brethren of the Mystic Tie" in other Jurisdictions. May I 
take this opportunity of gratefully acknowledging the kindness 
of M. Ex. Companion Dunstan, M. Ex. Companion Edwin 
Smith, R. Ex. Companion the Grand Second Principal, R. Ex. 
Companion F. G. Smith, of Ottawa, and others who so ably 
represented this Grand Chapter at Convocations of Sister 

Consecration and Dedication. 

Section 158 of our Constitution provides that every Chapter 
shall be consecrated according to ancient custom by the Grand 
Z., a Past Grand Z., or Grand Superintendent appointed for 
that purpose. While this regulation makes it obligatory for all 
Chapters to be consecrated there appears no definite reference 
to the dedication of Chapter Rooms. It has been assumed that 
this is compulsory and ceremonies have been provided, yet, the 
constitution does not set forth that Chapters must meet in 
rooms dedicated to Royal Arch Masonry. Perhaps ancient 
usage is our only authority for requiring these dedicatory ser- 
vices, in any event, it has been clearly established that a large 
percentage of our Chapters are meeting today in rooms that 
have been dedicated to Masonry by Grand Lodge but have not 
been dedicated according to the Ancient Rites of the Royal 
Craft. New buildings have taken the places of old — Chapters 
have changed their places of meeting while more recently war- 
ranted Chapters have established themselves in buildings that 
have not been dedicated. 

With the able assistance of the Grand Superintendents I 
gleaned much information on this subject during the past year, 
and this information is somewhat disturbing if we are to 
observe the Ancient Rites of Consecration and Dedication. 

I deem it my duty to place these facts before Grand Chap- 
ter in the hope that my successor in office may continue this 
investigation and take such action as he considers expedient. 

Masonic Education. 

''Knowledge is Power" is a somewhat trite statement, yet, 
in its application to Masonry and Masonic pursuits it is particu- 
larly appropriate. To acquire a more intimate knowledge of 


the language — history and tradition of Royal Arch Masonry 
is to increase our interest, improve our minds and strengthen 
our faith in this great Brotherhood. 

It is for the thinking Masons of today to consider whether 
the fraternity in all its ancient vigour, will survive on mere 
ritualism alone, or whether there must be in addition an educa- 
tional advance in bringing to our younger members a fuller 
knowledge of the origin and history of this great institution. 
And as we awaken their interest in the historical past is it 
not logical to assume that we shall also imbue them with 
sublime admiration for its traditions, its beauties and its 
beneficience in the experiences of mankind. 

As we study the past and delve into the hidden mysteries 
of the Ancient Craft we realize how skilfully the Ancients of 
old planned the structure of Masonry. As we proceed in our 
quest for more light we learn of the language of fraternity, 
love and humanity, and as our minds become surcharged with 
nobler thoughts, higher ideals and better impulses, we uncon- 
sciously re-consecrate ourselves to the development of that 
true Masonry which lies beneath the surface and which must 
be sought after and discovered to be fully appreciated. 

To increase our interest is the most effective means of 
adding strength to our Order. Many who in the days gone by 
blindly sought the means to create a continuity of interest in 
our membership, have in recent years become students of Ma- 
sonry and in the written records of our ancient brethren have 
found that for which they sought. Is it, therefore, not our duty 
to say "We will assist you in your researches". The Grand 
Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario has made very 
definite progress in this regard and it is my earnest hope that 
Grand Chapter will co-operate with Grand Lodge in the very 
laudable task of supplying knowledge which our Brethren and 
Companions seek. Last year a committee was appointed to 
to study the situation and I trust that we shall have their re- 
port before the close of this! Convocation. Royal Arch litera- 
ture was purchased and added to the Masonic Library, and 
while it is difficult to determine to what extent these volumes 
were used we at least have the assurance that the interest 
manifested by our Companions warrants our continued sup- 
port. In the belief that Royal Arch Masonry will in the future 
benefit by this stimulation of interest I strongly recommend 
that the small grant which was approved for these purposes 
last year may be renewed and the Committee on Education bp 
re-appointed for the current year, to study and plan ways and 


means to bring- to the studious Brethren of the Craft Lodges 
and Companions of the Holy Royal Arch a more definite know- 
ledge of this branch of Ancient Freemasonry. 

Closing Observations. 

Having now referred in detail to the activities of the year r 
permit me to publicly acknowledge the wise counsel and most 
valuable assistance rendered by my predecessors in office who 
without exception have shown the utmost willingness to aid 
me in every way possible and have contributed much to the 
pleasure of my term of office. I should be decidedly dere- 
lict in my duty were I to fail to record my grateful apprecia- 
tion of the splendid support and unswerving loyalty of our 
efficient Grand Scribe E., and the Officers of Grand Chapter 
who discharged the functions of their respective offices faith- 
fully and well, and by a rigid adherence to duty ably upheld 
the high standards of the past. 

If during the year we have made slight progress in the 
right direction — if we have advanced the cause of Royal Arch 
Masonry even to a limited degree full credit for any success 
we may have attained must be given to these Companions 
whose loyalty and support made it possible for me to carry 
through the many duties incumbent upon me as your Grand 
First Principal. 

Companions I have completed my term of office. You have 
patiently borne with me and my manifold weaknesses and 
short-comings for more than two years. As I transfer the 
mantle of authority to other and more worthy shoulders I do 
so with considerable regret, regret for some things that I 
have done, and for many things that I have left undone. I 
feel that I have fallen far short of my objectives but I know 
that your judgment will be tempered with kindness and your 
criticism be marked by a liberal application of the Masonic 
attribute of charity. 

Mere words seem empty and meaningless to adequately ex- 
press the feeling of gratitude that wells up in my heart at this 
time. For your constant and unfailing courtesies I thank you 
and let me assure you that fragrant memories of our close con- 
tact and association will abide with me during my remaining 
vears. During my tenure of office I have done what in me lay 
to inculcate a sense of personal responsibility, the practice of 
tolerance and charity and our duty to the Omnipotent One from 
whom all goodness flows. In conclusion I leave with you as a 
valedictory, this thought — 


The Royal Arch Masons of these modern days have become 
character builders. Every day adds an additional stone to the 
Edifice of life. Let each stone be a perfect ashlar so that the 
building- when complete may be a fit abode for the Spirit of 
Truth, of Honour and Virtue. If we are to progress our today 
must be better than our yesterday and my earnest prayer and 
well founded hope is that our tomorrow may prove even better 
than today. Our prayers will avail, our hopes end in fruition 
only if we valiantly face our tasks and responsibilities as men 
of courage, who despite all harmful influences remain true to 
the faith that is in us. 

Companions let me reiterate my pleasure in having been per- 
mitted to serve Royal Arch Masonry as your Grand First 
Principal. For each one of you I earnestly ask God's choicest 
blessings and I pray that He will more and more abundantly 
sanctify the work which we have undertaken, and under His 
guidance may we as Royal Craftsmen faithfully discharge our 
full duty to our fellowman. 

"Put thou thy trust in God 
In duty's path go on; 
Fix on His word thy steadfast eye 
So shall thy work be done." 

Sincerely and fraternally, 

Grand Z. 

It was moved by M. Ex. Comp. Walter H. Davis, seconded 
by M. Ex. Comp. Col. W. N. Ponton, and— 

Resolved,— That the address of the M. Ex. the Grand Z. be referred 
to the Executive Committee to report thereon during the present Con- 
vocation of Grand Chapter. 


The Reports of the Grand Superintendents of Districts 
were then presented. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

Dear Most Excellent 'Sir : — 

The following is report of Capitular Masonry in St. Clair 
District, No. 1, for the year 1936: — 

Official Inspections. 

An official inspection was made of each constituent Chap- 
ter of the District, at which your representative was received 
in full form and with the dignity due the Most Excellent the 
Grand Z., and his personal representative. 

Informal Visits. 

A large number of such visits were made to the various 
Chapters of the District, those Chapters which seemed to 
need more moral encouragement than the others receiving 
the greater number of such visits. On each of these occasions 
the Officers and Companions of the constituent Chapter were 
all eager for such information and assistance, as well as ad- 
vice, as would place their Chapter again in the ranks of the 
fully equipped and energetic working Chapters, and it is be- 
lieved that these informal visits were as conducive to the 
best interests of the Chapters, as were the official inspections. 

Ritualistic Work. 

With one exception, each of the Chapters conferred or 
exemplified a degree on the occasion of the official inspection, 
and in case of the one exception inquiries as made by the 
Grand Superintendent convinced him that the officers of the 
Chapter were properly prepared to function whenever they 
were called upon to confer a degree. None of the ancient 
landmarks of the Grand Chapter are being violated, — a keen 
interest is being taken in the ritualistic work, and even where 
there has been a dearth of candidates it was found that re- 
hearsals of ritualistic work were being carried on at inter- 

Chapter of Instructions. 

In lieu of a District Chapter of Instructions, it was con- 
sidered advisable to visit different Chapters with a specially 
selected degree team, usually of Principals and Past Princi- 


pals of the various Chapters, and either confer or exemplify 
one of the degrees, as well as to discuss with the Officers any 
features of the degree work in which they wished further 
information. As stated under the preceding paragraph, the 
Officers of each of the Chapters seemed very much interested 
in their work, which was especially evinced by their many 
questions regarding some of the minor points of the duties 
of Officers in conferring degrees. 

Principals' Association. 

An association of Principals, Past and Present, which was 
formed at Chatham a little over a year ago, has functioned 
throughout the year, and has been of great service particu- 
larly in the conferring of degrees, under the supervision of 
the Grand Superintendent, at some of the Chapters where 
the regular Officers felt that they needed some assistance as 
well as advice in this part of the work. The Principals, Past 
and Present, of the District have been always ready and will- 
ing to journey to any of the Chapters in the District, and 
assist in any manner. 


It is regretted that a loss of membership of over seven- 
teen per cent, is being reported for the year 1936. This is 
principally due to the fact that some Chapters have taken 
no action to purge their membership rolls for several years, 
with the result that the great revision made this year is really 
the accumulation of a number of suspensions which should 
have been made several years ago. The greatest contribut- 
ing factor to this large loss is the Mother Chapter of the 
Grand Superintendent, viz., Ark Chapter, No. 80, but as a 
special commission was appointed to investigate and report 
upon the condition of this Chapter, no further reference is 
made in this report as to the causes, or the effects, of the 
suspension of 192 members from this Chapter in the one 


It is the opinion of the Grand Superintendent that each 
and every Chapter in the District is now in a position to 
handle their finances, and that in a few more years, if they 
exert the same energy that they have in the past, they will 
emerge victorious not only as to their financial condition, but 
with an increase of membership as well. One instance which 


might be mentioned is of one of the smaller Chapters which 
wished to surrender their warrant about the first of Novem- 
ber last year. With some slight persuasion, a few visits from 
the Grand Superintendent, Principals and Past Principals of 
other Chapters of the District, they have reimbursed Grand 
Chapter for the amount which was owing, have remitted 
their 1936 per capita, have had three candidates, have a sur- 
plus in their treasury, and, the crowning feature is that with 
their active work in connection with the conferring of de- 
grees, they have conferred the Holy Royal Arch Degree on 
their own candidates, receiving but slight assistance from 
outside Chapters on that occasion. 

Installation of Officers. 

On request of the various Chapters, the Grand Superin- 
tendent installed the Officers of Ark Chapter, No. 80, Thomas 
Peters Chapter No. 250, Blenheim Chapter No. 239 and King 
Cyrus Chapter No. 119. Wellington Chapter No. 47 and Lome 
Chapter No 164 retained their Officers of the year 1935 to 
carry on through 1936; Sombra Chapter No. 153 and Erie 
Chapter No. 73 had their Officers installed by Past Grand 
Superintendents of their own Chapters (MacNabb Chapter 
No. 88 joining with .Sombra Chapter for installation) and 
Prince of Wales Chapter No. 71 Officers, due to the unavoid- 
able absence of the Grand Superintendent, installed their own 

International Functions. 

During the year the fraternal spirit of International Com- 
panionship was fostered by various visits between the Chap- 
ters of the United States of America, and of this part of the 
Dominion of Canada, at several of which representative 
Officers of the Grand Chapter of Canada, as well as the Grand 
Superintendent, were present. 


It has been the only aim of the Grand Superintendent 
during the year, to carry out to the fullest extent, the wishes 
and the instructions of the Most Excellent the Grand Z., 
which have been transmitted at various times through the 
Grand Scribe E. The appointment to this office was greatly 
appreciated by the 'Grand Superintendent, and if he has, dur- 
ing the year, added even one iota to the welfare of Royal 
Arch Masonry in general, and that of the Constituent Chap- 


ters of St. Clair District No. 1 in particular, this fact, toget- 
her with the renewal of friendships, and the creating of new 
friendships on his many visits with the Companions, will 
more than repay him for the effort which he has tried to put 
in his work. 

During nearly all of his visits he has been accompanied 
by Very Excellent Comp. Tregenza, and Excellent Comp. R. 
H. Waddington, the latter acting as District Scribe E, and 
these two Excellent Companions have exerted themselves 
during the year, in the interests of the Craft. 

Respectfully submitted. 

E. A. McCubbin, 
Grand Superintendent, St. Clair District No. 1. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

It is with pleasure that I submit my report on the con- 
dition of Capitular Masonry in London District No. 2, for 
the year 1936. 

I wish first to express my sincere thanks to the Com- 
panions of London District for the honour they conferred on 
me by electing me to the office of Grand Superintendent; also 
my thanks to the Most Excellent, the Grand Z, for his kind- 
ness in confirming my appointment. 

My first official duty was to appoint Ex. Comp. W. A. 
Hunter, Jr., as District Secretary. I am very grateful to him 
for his kindness and assistance. 

My visits of inspection were made as follows: — 

St. Paul's Chapter No. 242, Lambeth, April 7th. 

The St. Andrew Chapter No. 238, London, April 8th. 

Minnewawa Chapter No. 78, Parkhill, April 20th. 

St. John's Chapter No. 3, London, April 22nd. 

Beaver Chapter No. 74, Strathroy, May 1st. 

Wawanosh Chapter No 15, Sarnia, May 8th. 

Aylmer Chapter, No. 81, Aylmer, June 4th. 

Palestine Chapter No. 54, St. Thomas, Sept. 10th. 

Bruce Chapter No. 53, Petrolia, Sept. 1st. 

Hiawatha Chapter No. 252, Sarnia, Sept, 24th. 

Vimy Chapter No. 214, Inwood, October 12th. 

Nilestown Chapter No. 247, Nilestown, October 15th. 

London Chapter No. 150, London, October 20th. 

St. George's Chapter No. 5, London, October 23rd. 

On all my visits I was received with the utmost kindness 
and courtesy. I had the pleasure of witnessing a degree being 
conferred in all Chapters with the exception of one. The 
Officers of all Chapters conducted their work in splendid 
manner. The Scribe's E. of the various Chapters are to be 
commended for the manner in which their books are kept 
and although no marked success has been shown during the 
year the Chapters are adjusting their affairs and are look- 
ing forward to the future with confidence. 

I also visited Chapters on the following occasions: — 
April 3rd, Vimy Chapter, Inwood — This being their an- 
nual "At Home", I had the pleasure of presenting V.Ex. 
Comp. Clayton Johnston with his Grand Chapter regalia. 


May 7th, Aylmer Chapter, Aylmer — On this occasion 
Nilestown Chapter were making a fraternal visit. 

June 15th, Minnewawa Chapter, Parkhill — On which oc- 
casion St. George's Chapter were making a fraternal visit. 

June 16th — Accompanied M.Ex. Com p. Edwin Smith to 
Huron Chapter, Goderich, this being the official visit of R.Ex. 
Comp. Tichbourne to his Mother Chapter. 

October 9th — Accompanied M.Ex. Comp. Smith to Harris 
Chapter, Ingersoll, this being the official visit of R.Ex. Comp. 

October 11th — District Divine Service at the Hyatt Ave- 
nue United Church, London. Although the attendance was 
small a splendid service was enjoyed by those present. 

October 19th — Accompanied M.Ex. Comp. Smith to Pres- 
ton Chapter, Preston. 

October 30th — Reception to the Most Excellent, the Grand 
First Principal, M.Ex. Comp. Gardiner, at the Masonic 
Temple, London. This was a particularly enjoyable evening. 
The address by the Grand Z. was very much appreciated. 

November 3rd, St. Paul's Chapter, Lambeth — Nilestown 
Chapter was making a fraternal visit on this occasion. 

November 26th, Hiawatha Chapter, Sarnia — On this oc- 
casion London Chapter were making a fraternal visit. 

December 9th — Installed the Officers of St. John's No. 3, 
St. George's No. 5, London No. 150, The St. Andrew No. 238, 
St. Paul's No. 242 and Nilestown No 247, at a joint installa- 
tion in the Masonic Temple, London I was assisted by an 
installing staff chosen from the several Chapters. 

In conclusion I wish to express my sincere thanks to the 
Companions of London District for their kindness towards 
me; also to the Companions who accompanied me on my 
visits and to M.Ex. Comp. Smith for his generous help and 

All of which is respectfully and fraternally submitted. 


Grand Supt. London District No. 2. 
London, Ontario, January 15th, 1937. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

In presenting for your consideration my report as Grand 
Superintendent of Wilson District No. 3 for the year 1936, 
I wish to express my deep appreciation for honour conferred 
on me by the Representatives of the various Chapters of the 
District in appointing me to the office of Grand Superintend- 
ent and also for the confirmation of that appointment by the 
Most Excellent Grand Z. 

Mention of the great loss sustained by Grand Chapter in 
the passing of the R.Ex. Grand Third Principal, J., must be 
mentioned and as Grand Superintendent I wish to say that 
R.Ex. Comp. Forbes is deeply mourned by the Officers and 
Companions of the several Chapters in this District. He 
was highly respected and beloved in this district as a man 
of sterling qualities and as a Mason of high attainments. 

I wish to report that I find that only one iChapter Room 
in this District has been dedicated to Royal Arch Masonry 
and that the general feeling of the Officers and Companions 
of the other Chanters was that dedication of the Blue cov- 
ered the several Masonic branches. I have been assured by 
the several Chapters that provision will be made for the 
dedication ceremony to suit the convenience of the Grand Z. 

As a result of my visits, official and otherwise, to the 
various Chapters I am of the opinion that the economic de- 
pression is not the only cause of the lack of interest in some 
communities but the influence of service clubs is affecting 
the membership of Masonic Chapters. There appears to be 
an appeal and freedom in the meetings and activities of ser- 
vice clubs which draws the younger citizens to those clubs. 
I am of the opinion that there is a place in that work for 
Masonic Chapters and such an activity would not lessen the 
dignity of our Order. I find that where there are active ser- 
vice clubs in the small communities the lack of interest in 
Chapter work is quite apparent. 

Indirectly connected with the question mentioned in the 
above paragraph is the matter of benevolence which is prac- 
tically nil in the various Chapters. 

I am also of the opinion that an active campaign of Inter 
Chapter Visiting would assist in renewing interest in our 
Chapters as I find that where the Officers and Companions 
of the Chapter frequently visit other Chapters and have those 


visits returned there is a greater interest shown toy the Com- 

In my official capacity I visited the several Chapters of 
the District and found that the Officers were skilled in the 
work and were able to exemplffy the several degrees and 
that the Chapters were in possession of all the necessary re- 
galia and equipment. Chapter rooms were all in suitable 
quarters and in many cases were owned by Masonic trust in 
which the Chapter had an interest. 

I wish to express my appreciation of the fraternal hospi- 
tality and welcome extended to me by R.Ex. Comp. Cush- 
man of London District No. 2, by R.Ex. Comp. Rutherford 
of Wellington District No. 4, by R. Ex. Comp. Huxtable of 
Hamilton District No. 5, and by R.Ex. Comp Titchborne of 
District No. 6. I accompanied R.Ex. Comp. Cushman on his 
official visit to Nilestown Chapter and was accompanied by 
him on my official visit to Harris Chapter, Ingersoll. I ac- 
companied R.Ex. Comp. Rutherford on his official visit to 
his Mother Chapter, Walterloo Chapter, at Gait, and was ac- 
companied by him on my official visit to my Home Chanter, 
Brant Chapter at Paris. I accompanied R.Ex. Comp. Hux- 
table on his official visit to Mount Horeb Chapter at Brant- 
ford. I accompanied R.Ex. Comp. Titchborne on his official 
visit to my Mother Chapter, Tecumseh Chapter, at Stratford, 
and was accompanied by him on my official visit to Mount 
Horeb Chapter at Brantford. I also attended with R.Ex. 
Comp. Cushman on the joint installation of the Officers of 
the Chapters of London. I am of the oninion that the ex- 
change of visits between myself and the Grand Superintend- 
ents of all surrounding Districts has assisted in promoting 
a feeling of goodwill among the Companions of the Districts. 

Mount Horeb Chapter, Brantford, celebrated the seventy- 
fifth anniversary of its institution with a reception to the 
Grand First Principal Z. followed by a banquet At both of 
these functions I appeared in an official capacity and was 
honoured in having the opportunity to tender the loyalty of 
the Officers and Companions of Wilson District to the Grand 
First Principal and Grand Chanter. The Grand First Prin- 
cipal was very impressive both in a short address in the 
Chapter Room and in his general address at the banquet. I 
attended a reception to the Grand Council in Hamilton on ths 
invitation of the Principals' Association, Hamilton District, 
and again was honoured in the opportunity of expressing 
my loyalty and greeting to the Grand Council and also to 


tender District Greetings from the Officers and Chapters of 
Wilson District to R.Ex. Comp. Huxtable and the Officers and 
Chapters of Hamilton District. 

At the close of my term of office I wish to express my 
sincere gratitude to the Chapters and Officers of Wilson Dis- 
trict for the cordial warmth of the fraternal hospitality ex- 
tended to me on the occasion of my several visits. 

All of which is respectfully and fraternally submitted. 


Grand Supt., Wilson District No. 3. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

I have the honour and pleasure to submit herewith my 
report on the Condition of Capitular Masonry in Wellington 
District No. 4, for the year 1936. 

I desire, however, to preface my report by expressing to 
the Grand Z. and to the Companions of this District, my 
sincere thanks for the honour which has been mine. I would 
assure them that it is an honour which has been very deeply 

Wellington District has enjoyed a very satisfactory year. 
True, we show .a small decrease in membership, but this is 
due to an unusually large number of deaths and unavoidable 
suspensions. The number of initiations has been satisfactory, 
and I feel quite sure that the corner has been turned and that 
the future will show Wellington District coming rapidly back 
to its previous numerical strength. The District is blest with 
a remarkable fraternal spirit, and in spite of its widespread 
geographical boundaries, the Chapters are very well ac- 
quainted, one with the other. 

Waterloo Chapter No. 32, Galt. — My first official visit 
was to my Mother Chapter, Waterloo Chapter No. 32, Gait. 
April 13th was the date of this visit, which proved to be a 
most delightful and unusual occasion. Accompanying me on 
this visit was R.Ex Comp. Monteith of Wilson District No. 
$, and his Mother Chapter from Paris who exemplified the 
degree work. At a later date I returned the visit, accom- 
panied by Waterloo Chapter, when R.Ex. Comp Monteith 
visited his Chapter. I was also honoured to have with me 
the Grand J., R. Ex. Comp. Forbes, and R. Ex. Comp. Hux- 
table of Hamilton District No. 5. The register for this meet- 
ing showed 14 different Chapters represented and five differ- 
ent Districts, which I believe to be a remarkable record. It 
was the largest meeting of Waterloo Chapter in many years 
and the First Principal, Ex. Comp. E F. Woodstock, is to 
be congratulated on the success attained. 

Kitchener Chapter No. 117, Kitchener. — On April 
17th I visited Kitchener Chapter officially and found condi- 
tions very satisfactory. The First Principal, Ex. Comp. 
Leach, is handling things well, and is fortunate in having the 
constant backing of such Royal Arch enthusiasts as Ex. 


Comp. Roy Cooper and Ex. Comp. Al. Mason. Kitchener 
Chapter may always be counted upon to give a good account 
of itself. Whatever they tackle will be well done. 

Preston Chapter No. 245, Preston. — On April 20th I 
was officially received by Preston Chapter No. 245. While 
not numerically strong, Preston Chapter has a spirit of 
friendliness all its own, and certainly exemplifies the spirit 
of fraternalism. I was amazed to find that with a total mem- 
bership of 54 they show an average attendance of 33, which 
is better than 61%. It is doubtful if this record can be dupli- 
cated anywhere in the Jurisdiction. I would also like to pay 
tribute to Ex. Comp. Jos. Parkinson, to whom Preston Chap- 
ter owes a great deal for his painstaking supervision of their 
Ritualistic work. 

Ionic Chapter No. 83, Orangeville. — My official visit 
to Ionic Chapter came on May 5th which proved to be an 
unfortunate date, as their members, being largely engaged 
in farming, were busy on the land and consequently unable 
to turn out in as large numbers as is usual in this active 
Chapter. Fortunately it was my pleasure to visit Ionic Chap- 
ter on several other occasions, so I am pleased to be able to 
report that all is well in Orangeville. The First Principal, 
Ex. Comp. Geo. Thompson, is a very capable and efficient 
ruling officer, and is ably supported by such Royal Arch stal- 
warts as R.Ex. Comp. Col. Preston and Ex. Comp. Price, 
whose interest never seems to lag. Ionic Chapter is one of 
the soundest in the District, and has shown a consistent gain 
throughout these difficult times. 

Halton Chapter No. 324, Georgetown. — On May 15th 
I visited Halton Chapter and was accorded the kind of recep- 
tion for which Georgetown is famous. This Chapter has 
found times particularly hard of late, but in spite of this 
they present a bold front and have among their membership 
those whose spirit will never be downed, and I look forward 
confidently to a strong come-back in Halton Chapter in the 
very near future. They have been most unfortunate this year 
in the serious and prolonged illness and later death of their 
Scribe E., Ex. Comp. Dr Gollop, and the sincere sympathy of 
the District goes to Halton Chapter in their loss, which has 
been a serious one. 

Enterprise Chapter No. 67, Palmerston. — My official 
visit to Palmerston was made on June 9th, and the condition 
of this Chapter, as well as their ritualistic work, was found 
to be fully as excellent as one would expect of a Chapter 


which boasts of having among its members Ex. Comp. Bar- 
ton and R.Ex. Comp. Edwards. Enterprise Chapter are in- 
veterate visitors and excellent hosts and herein, I believe, 
lies the secret of their success. They believe in and practice 

Guelph Chapter No. 40, Guelph. — One June 12th I 
visited Guelph Chapter, which is the largest Chapter in Well- 
ington District, being located in a regular hot-bed of Mas- 
onry. Their Ritualistic work is excellent and I would like to 
particularly mention the work done by the Veilmen on my 
official visit. It was really exceptional. I would also like to 
pay personal tribute to R. Ex. Comp. John F. Marr, who de- 
serves the honourary title of "Grand Superintendents 
Friend". He is always willing to give advice or to extend 
a helping hand, and year after year can be counted upon for 
any help at any time. 

Prince Edward Chapter No. 218, Shelburne. — June 
19th found me in Shelburne and although this date came 
right in the middle of the Community Old Boys' Reunion, the 
meeting was a very large and enjoyable one. Shelburne may 
be short on numbers but they are long on enthusiasm and 
efficiency and will give a good account of themselves in the 
next few years. 

Durham Chapter, No. 221, Durham. — Durham Chapter 
was visited on Octo-ber 19th and the night was indeed a 
pleasant one. I must congratulate this Chapter on their 
ability to meet situations as they come. At this meeting they 
expected I would have a car load or two with me, instead of 
which I had a contingent of about 30 visitors which nearly 
swamped them, but the affair was handled so expertly that 
one would have thought they were quite accustomed to such 
a throng. Their degree work is good and the spirit in this 
Chapter, excellent. One leaves with the feeling that he 
would like to go back. 

In addition to these official visits, I was in attendance at 
frequent regular meetings of the various Chapters in the 
District and found the general deportment and conduct of 
the work, satisfactory at all times. 

I was also happily privileged to attend many Chapter 
meetings outside of the District but space will not permit 
enumerating them. 

In closing, may I pay tribute to my very carmble n ist^ic f 
Secretary, Ex. Comp. R. D. Law, who has been of inestimable 


assistance to me. It has been a pleasant year's work and I 
would like to think that my services has been of as much 
value to the District as the District's co-operation and friend- 
liness has been an inspiration to me. 

All of which is respectfully and fraternally submitted. 

T. W. Rutherford, 
Grand Supt., Wellington District No. 4. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

I beg to submit a summary of the condition of Capitular 
Masonry in this the Hamilton District No. 5. 

I wish to express my sincere appreciation to the Grand 
Z. and Companions of this District for the distinguished 
honour they have conferred on me. 

My Secretary was Ex. Comp. R. H. Archibald, of White 
Oak Chapter, and I wish to express my thanks for his ser- 
vices, and also for the goodly number that helped to make 
my visits more pleasant by their presence. My first official 
visit was to Caledonia Chapter No. 236 on Thursday, May 
28, and was accompanied by a large number of Companions 
from St. Johns Chapter No. 6 and from other Chapters. The 
Officers of Caledonia Chapter worked the R.A.M. Degree in 
a very fine way. 

My next visit was to White Oak Chapter No. 104, Oak- 
ville, on Wednesday, June 17, and was accompanied by mem- 
bers of McKay Chapter No. 243. The Officers of White Oak 
Chapter worked the R.A.M. Degree very well. The weather 
was not the best but there was a very good attendance and 
we were treated afterwards to strawberries and cream. 

My next visit was to St. Clair Chapter No. 75, Milton, 
on Thursday, September 17th and I was; accompanied by 
members of Hamilton Chapter No. 175 and many others. 
The Officers of St. Clair Chapter worked the R.A.M. Degree 
and we had a very profitable meeting. 

My next visit was to The Hiram Chapter No. 2, Hamil- 
ton, Friday, September 25th, and I was accompanied by 
Ancaster Chapter No. 155. This is my mother Chapter, and 
T cannot thank them enough for the manner that they have 
assisted me. There was a large number from other Chap- 
ters, among them being R. Ex. Comp. Rutherford, Grand 
Superintendent of Wellington District No. 4, also R.Ex. 
Comp. Frank Hays, Grand Superintendent of Niagara Dis- 
trict No. 7, and others. The work was the H.R.A. Degree 
and it was very well done. Hiram Chapter No. 2 is the 
second Chapter on the register of Grand Chapter of Canada, 
and although it is an old an Ancient Chapter it is a real Kvp 
wife. They have 22 living Past Principals and of that num- 
ber there are 16 who are very active. They were a great 


help to me during the year. I did not miss a meeting in this 
Chapter this year and at their November meeting I presided 
at the election of Officers. 

October 5 I officially visited Keystone Chapter No. 224 
and was again accompanied by a large number of Companions 
from other Chapters. This Chapter worked the M.M.M. and 
M.E.M. Degrees and did them well. I visited them on seven 
other occasions and also accompanied them to Welland, 
Brantford and Paris, and at each convocation we were well 
received. I also conducted the Election of Officers at their 
November meeting. They entailed a great loss in the deat^ 
of R. Ex. Comp. Paul Lumsden who was their founder and 
Treasurer. At their annual ladies' night on December 11 
there was a large turnout. 

October 8 I visited St. John's Chapter No. 6, and a large 
number from The Hiram Chapter No, 2 and other Chapters 
were their guests and were well received. They worked the 
H.R.A. Decree very creditably. This is the mother Chanter 
of R.Ex. Comp. S. S. Forbes, and his death was a distinct 
loss to St. John's Chapter, also to all the Chapters in this 
District and throughout the Grand Jurisdiction, which 
was much in evidence by the large number that attended his 
funeral. The Grand Chapter was well represented. 

October 14 I officially visited McKay Chapter No. 243. 
which is the youngest in the District, and was accompanied 
by Keystone Chapter No. 224 and a large representation from 
other Chapters, including a few from St. Catherines and 
Smith ville, and also R.Ex. Comp. Frank Hays, Grand Super- 
intendent of Niagara District. They worked the H.R.A. De- 
gree very well. I was pleased to visit this Chapter on four 
occasions and presided at their Election of Officers. 

October 20. — I inspected Ancaster Chapter No. 155 and 
was accompanied by St. Clair Chapter No. 75. They worked 
the H.R.A. Degree very well and we enjoyed the evening. 

November 17. — This my last official visit was to Hamil- 
ton Chapter No. 175, and I was again favoured by a goodly 
attendance of visiting Companions. I conducted the Election 
of Officers and they also worked the H.R.A. Degree well. 
This Chapter had the distinction of having the largest num- 
ber of candidates during the year 1936. 

The Outstanding Events in the District for the Year. 

There was a Divine Service of Royal Arch Masons of this 
District held in Christ Church Cathedral on Sunday evening, 
November 8. The church was (filled to capacity. A fine ser- 


mon by Ex. Comp. Rt. Rev. Bishop Broughall and the musi- 
cal part of the service was in charge of the choir leader 
Comp. Harry Stares. It has been a long time since there was 
a Divine Service for Royal Arch Masons in this District, 
and those who attended hoped it would be made an annual 

A reception in honour of Most Ex. Comp. Geo. L. Gar- 
diner was held in the Masonic Hall in Hamilton on Novem- 
ber 12th under the auspices of the Principals' Association of 
this District. The supper was held at 6.30 and afterwards 
we repaired to the Chapter Room, and as this meeting was 
held on the regular Convocation of St. John's Chapter No. 
6, the Grand Council accompanied by a large number of dis- 
tinguished Companions from far and near were received by 
the First Principal and Officers in a very suitable manner 
and after Grand Honours were given the Grand Z. was 
escorted to the Dais and assumed the Sceptre. The Grand 
Z. delivered a very inspiring address. 

At the regular Convocation in October of the Hiram 
Chapter No. 2, R. Ex. Comp. D. R. Gibson, our Scribe E., 
presented to the Chapter a large collection of Chapter pen- 
nies collected by him over a number of years. This has been 
a lifetime hobby of R. Ex. Comp. Gibson, as on a former 
occasion he donated a large collection to a Masonic Cathe- 
dral in Washington, D.C. The collection he presented num- 
bered about 2,400, and as soon as we have another receptacle 
completed he will add to the collection. 

In conclusion I may say that I feel (highly honoured by 
the Companions of this District for having chosen me for 
this office and I have endeavoured to serve them as best I 
can in my own humble way. 

I have made about seventy visits in this and surrounding 
Districts and have been accompanied by a large number of 

I also wish to thank the Grand Superintendents of the 
Districts which border on No. 5 District for the hospitality 
they have shown to me when I visited them, and also for 
their having visited with me on several occasions. I wish 
for my successor the same co-operation as shown me, and 
lastly I wish to thank all the Past Principals, Officers and 
members of old Hiram No. 2 for the hearty way they have 
assisted and by so doing advanced the cause of Capitular 
Masonry in general. 

Fraternally submitted, 

Russell Huxtable, 
Grand Supt. Hamilton No. 2. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

I have the privilege and honour to submit for your con- 
sideration my report on the condition of Capitular Masonry 
in Huron District, No. 6, for the term of my office 1936, 
which is fourteen months due to the change in the date of 
the Grand Chapter Convocation from February to April. 

It is my desire to express my sincere appreciation to 
R. Ex. Comp. S. D. Croft for his personal interest in recom- 
mending me to the District for the office of Grand Superin- 
tendent. I also wish to thank the Excellent Principals of 
Huron District, No. 6, who saw fit to elect me to that high 
and important office, and to the Most Excellent, The Grand 
First Principal, for the confirmation of same. 

My first official duty after receiving my certificate of 
authority was to consider the appointment of a District Sec- 
retary. After viewing this from every angle I decided to 
take full charge of these duties myself, whereby I would 
have full contact with the whole district, and while it placed 
more work upon me, I sincerely appreciated furthering the 
interest of Royal Arch Masonary. 

St. James Chapter, No. 46, St. Marys. — Monday, March 
9th, accompanied by several Companions of Huron Chapter 
No. 30, I visited this Chapter, at a time when the roads were 
very hazardous for motor travel. I was right royally re- 
ceived by Ex. Comp. A. Delll. The H.R.A. Degree was con- 
ferred in an excellent and impressive manner; the Past Prin- 
cipals taking a keen interest in the Chapter by assisting in 
the work, the unique feature of this visit was that when I 
left St. Marys in 1915 after spending two most happy years 
of my life I should return twenty-one years later as Grand 

Elliott Chapter, No. 129, Mitchell. — Tuesday, March 
17th, I visited this Chapter officially and was introduced by 
R. Ex. Comp. Fred Porterfield, and received a most cordial 
reception from Ex. Comp. H. A. Mutton. The M.E.M. De- 
gree was most beautifully and impressively exemplified on 
four candidates by the Officers, with R. Ex. Comp. Fred Por- 
terfield and R. Ex. Comp. John Empey adding grace to the 
work. Following the work a banquet was served in St. Pat- 
rick style at which Rev. R. C. Capper gave a very interesting 
address on the life of St. Patrick. 


Havelock Chapter, No. 63, Kincardine. — I officially 
visited this Chapter on Friday, April 17th, and was given a 
most hearty welcome and reception by Ex. Comp. V. D. Cot- 
trill and the Companions. The candidate unable to be present 
the M.M.M. Degree was exemplified by the Officers, assisted 
by a number of Past Principals in a splendid and efficient 
manner. This Chapter has been unable to procure candidates 
during the depression years, yet we must congratulate them on 
the great amount of money spent on benevolence. As usual 
Lucknow Chapter was well represented at this Convocation. 

Lucknow Chapter, No. 147, Lucknow. — My official 
visit to this Chapter was on Tuesday the 12th of May, and 
I was introduced by R. Ex. Comp. Fred Armstrong and R. 
Ex. Comp. J. W. Joynt and duly and promptly received by 
Ex. Comp. F. M. Paterson. The Officers, assisted by the Past 
Principals, conferred the H.R.A. Degree in an impressive 
and dignified manner. This Chapter is to be congratulated 
on the keen interest taken by the Past Principals. On this 
occasion I was accompanied by Companions of Huron Chapter, 
No. 30, also many Companions from Havelock Chapter. 

Tecumseh Chapter, No. 24, Stratford. — Friday, May 
22nd, I visited this Chapter officially and was introduced by 
my predecessor in office, R. Ex. Comp. W. A. Wilson and was 
warmly received by Ex. Comp. F. C. Ward. The H.R.A. 
Degree was exemplified by the Officers assisted by the Past 
Principals, in such an impressive manner that the candidate 
could not help but be deeply impressed. On this occasion I 
was honoured with a visit from R. Ex. Comp. A. H. Mon- 
teith, of Paris, Ont., Grand Superintendent of Wilson Dis- 
trict, No. 3, and my friend R. Ex. Comp. S. D. Croft, of 
Brantford, Ont., at this Convocation. R. Ex. Comp. W. A. 
Wilson invested V. Ex. Comp. W Culligan as Assistant Grand 

The Malloch Chapter, No. 66, Seaforth. — Monday, 
June 15th, I visited this Chapter and was duly and properly 
introduced and graciously received by Ex. Comp. First Prin- 
cipal George H Jefferson. The H.R.A. Degree was conferred 
by the Officers, assisted by the Past Principals in a very fine 
manner, the Senior Sojourner is to be congratulated on his 
ability to fulfill the duties of the Principal Sojourner so credit- 
ably. I had the pleasure of investing V. Ex. Comp. R. N. Bis- 
sonnette as a Grand Junior Sojourner. 

Huron Chapter, No. 30, Goderich. — My official visit to 
my Mother Chapter, Huron No. 30, Goderich, was made on 


June 16th. Although no formal introduction was necessary 
I received a most cordial reception, being officially introduced 
by R. Ex. Gomp. H. C. Dunlop, and received by Ex. Comp. 
Robert Bisset, First Principal. The conferring of the H.R.A. 
Degree by Ex. Comp. Robt. Bisset and his Officers was not 
only impressive to the candidate but to the Companions as 
well. The work was highly complimented by M. Ex. Comp. 
Edwin Smith, Grand Scribe E., and the First Principal was 
especially congratulated on his ability to give the Mystical 
Lecture on an inspection occasion. This convocation was 
graced with the presence of the Grand Scribe E., M. Ex. 
Comp. Edwin Smith, R. Ex. Comp. R. J. Cushman, Grand 
Superintendent of London District No. 2., V. Ex. |Comp. 
Harry Abel, and many Past Grand Superintendents and a 
representation from eight Chapters in the District. Many 
points concerning Capitular Masonry were brought forward 
at this Convocation for the benefit of all Chapters. 

Chantry Chapter, No. 130, Southampton. — Tuesday, 
October 6th, I visited this Chapter officially and was intro- 
duced by R. Ex. Comp. Alton Huber and duly and cordially 
received by R. Ex. Comp. Bruce and the Companions. This 
Chapter being the farthest away the trip was made over 
terrible roads due to the rebuilding of bridges and rainy 
weather. There being no work a social hour was spent after 
the meeting. Chantry Chapter in common with other Chap- 
ters has suffered for the lack of candidates. It is believed 
that should factory conditions improve a brighter future is 
looked for. 

Bernard Chapter, No. 146, Listowel. — October 9th 
I officially visited (this Chapter and received a most 
cordial and fraternal reception from Ex. Comp. W. A. John- 
stone. The M.M.M. Degree was conferred by the officers, 
assisted by the Past Principals, in an efficient manner. I wish 
to make special mention that Bernard Chapter has not had 
a candidate for four years yet the work was an evidence of 
the great interest prevailing in Capitular Masonry in this 
community. A fine spirit of fellowship and companionship 
permeates the Chapter. 

Lebanon Chapter, No. 84, Wingham.— Tuesday, Octo- 
ber 20th, it was a pleasure to visit this Chapter officially, 
where I was introduced by R. Ex. Comp. Ross, and a royal 
welcome was extended by the First Principal, Ex. Comp. J. 
D. Beecroft and the Companions. No degree work was con- 
ferred. The Companions are to be congratulated on having 


such a fine home in which to meet. Following the Convoca- 
tion an enjoyable hour was spent at which Ex. Comp. Robt. 
Thompson gave an interesting talk on the Vimy pilgrimage. 

In the Wilson District on October 2nd I had the pleasure 
of visiting Mount Horeb Chapter, No. 20, at Brantford, ac- 
companied by Ex. Comp. Nelson Hill on the occasion of the 
official visit of R. Ex. Comp. A. H. Monteith to this Chapter. 

In London District No. 2, on Friday evening, October 31st, 
accompanied by several Companions of Huron Chapter, No. 
30, I had the pleasure of attending a reception and dinner 
given by the Excellent Principals, Officers and Companions 
of London District, No. 2, to M. Ex. Comp. George L. Gar- 
ardiner in the Masonic Temple, London, at which the Grand 
First Principal gave an illustrious address. 

I personally inspected the records, minutes and ledgers of 
the Chapters and observed that accuracy and neatness pre- 
vailed. The Scribes E., who faithfully discharge the duties of 
this important office, are to be highly complimented. In most 
Chapters the Book of Marks is fairly well registered. In this 
regard I stressed the necessity of the same. 

I inspected the opening of each Chapter, visited many 
twice, and regret being unable to visit more. I have had a 
very pleasant year and made many friends among the Com- 
panions whom I would not have met otherwise, and while 
new candidates exceed last year we are numerically smaller 
due to suspensions, yet financially sound and the spirit of 
optimism prevails throughout the District. 

In conclusion may I offer my sincere congratulations to 
the new Officers of the Constituent Chapters for the year 
1937 and wish them every success. I ask all Companions 
especially those of Huron Chapter, No. 30, who accompanied 
me on my visits to accept my sincere appreciation and to be- 
speak for my successor the same loyalty and co-operation. 

All of which is respectfully and fraternally submitted. 

Grand Supt., Huron District No. 6. 

Goderich, Ontario, January 5th, 1937. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

I have the honour to submit my report on Capitular 
Masonry in Niagara District, No. 7, for the year 1936. 

I wish to express my sincere appreciation to the Ex. Prin- 
cipals of Smithville Chapter for their kindness in recom- 
mending me to the District for the office of Grand Superin- 
tendent, and to thank the Ex. Principals of Niagara District 
for so kindly electing me to this high and responsible posi- 
tion, and to thank the M. Ex. the Grand Z., for confirmation 
of the election. 

My first official act was to appoint Ex. Comp. C. A. Mer- 
ritt, of Smithville Chapter, No. 240, as District Secretary, 
which duties he performed in a very satisfactory and efficient 

My next official duty was to send a circular letter to all 
the First Principals of District No. 7, which contained the 
recommendations of the Most Excellent the Grand Z. 

April 17th. — Official visit to Mount Nebo Chapter, No. 
76, Niagara Falls, I was introduced by R. Ex. Comp. G. E. 
French and cordially welcomed by Ex. Comp. F. Morcom. 
The Holy Royal Arch Degree was exemplified, and the offi- 
cers were very efficient in their work. 

April 29th.— Official visit to Willson Chapter, No. 64, Wel- 
land. Was introduced by R. Ex. Comp. James Gothard, and 
duly and properly received by Ex. Comp. M. F. Stewart. The 
Holy Royal Arch Degree was exemplified, the Officers doing 
their work in a splendid manner. In this Chapter, Comp. 
Geo. Wells has been Scribe E. for thirty-four years. 

May 1st. — Official visit to Niagara Chapter, No. 55, Nia- 
gara-on-the-Lake. I was introduced by R. Ex. Comp Ed. H. 
Brennan, and was duly and properly made welcome by Ex. 
Comp. W. J. Found, First Principal The Mark Master De- 
gree was exemplified in a very creditable manner. In the 
banquet room, R. Ex. Comp. Brennan gave a short history 
of Grand Chapter, which was very interesting and much 

May 15th.--Official visit to McCallum Chapter, No. 29, 
Dunnville. I was introduced by R. Ex. Comp. J. C. Massie, 
and was duly and properly received by Ex. Comp. Darwin 
Murphy. The Holy Royal Arch Degree was very creditably 


exemplified by the Officers. Seven Chapters were represented, 
and seven Past District Superintendents were present. 

May 21st, — Official visit to King- Hiram Chapter, No. 57, 
Port Colborne. I was introduced fc>y R. Ex. Comp J. S. Allen, 
and was duly and properly made welcome iby Ex. Comp. H. 
W. Kern, First Principal. The Mark Master Degree was ex- 
emplified, and the work was well done. 

June 15th. — Official visit to Smithville Chapter, No. 240, 
Smithville. I was introduced by Ex. Comp. S. Magder, and 
was duly and properly welcomed by Ex. Comp J. N. Smith, 
First Principal. The visitors were introduced by R. Ex. 
Comp. J. H. Patterson. This being my home Chapter, the 
meeting took the form of a reception, nearly one hundred 
being present, not only from the Chapters in the District, 
but from Hamilton, Stoney Creek, Buffalo, and Niagara 
Falls, N.Y. At the banquet, R. Ex. Comp. A. E. Coombs 
gave a very impressive address on Masonry, and R. Ex. Comp. 
L. F. Stevens, of Hamilton, also gave a very interesting and 
enjoyable talk. 

October 5th. — Official visit to Grimsby Chapter, No. 69, 
Grimsby. I was introduced by R. Ex. Comp. C. W. F. Car- 
penter. The First Principal being absent on business, Ex. 
Comp. L. A. Bromley filled the chair and welcomed me. Al- 
though no work was exemplified, I have seen the Officers 
confer degrees several times, and know them to be a splendid 
set of Officers. 

October 9th. — Official visit to Mount Moriah Chapter, No. 
19, St. Catharines. I was introduced by R. Ex. Comp. A. E. 
Coombs and duly and properly welcomed by Ex. Comp. F. B. 
Lottridge, First Principal. The Holy Royal Arch Degree was 
exemplified by a very capable set of Officers. This Chapter 
has retained the same Scribe E., R. Ex. Comp. A. N. Lindsay, 
since 1908. In the banquet hall, R. Ex Comp. A. E. Coombs 
gave an address which was very interesting and much en- 

October 13th. — Official visit to Hugh Murray Chapter, 
No. 184, Fort Erie. I was introduced by Ex. Comp. J. A. 
Yeo, and duly and properly welcomed by Ex. Comp. W. W. 
Gorham, First Principal. The Mark Master Degree was 
splendidly exemplified. They have a very fine new Chapter 

In conclusion, I wish to thank the Companions and Past 
Grand Superintendents of the various Chapters in this Dis- 


trict, and also those of Smithville Chapter, who were so kind 
to me, and who accompanied me on all my visits. I wish for 
my successor the same kindness and courtesy that was ex- 
tended to me. 

All of which is respectfully and fraternally submitted. 

F. Frank Hays, 
Grand Supt. Niagara District No. 7. 

Smithville, Ont., January 6th, 1937. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

I have the honour to submit to you my report on the con- 
ditions of Capitular Masonry in Toronto East District, No. 
8, for the year 1936. 

First, I wish to express my sincere thanks and apprecia- 
tion to each and every Companion for the honour bestowed 
on me in electing me as their Grand Superintendent, and my 
sincere thanks to the Most Excellent the Grand First Prin- 
cipal, Geo. L. Gardiner, in confirming that election. To the 
Present and Past Grand Chapter Officers, Principals, Past 
Principals and Companions who accompanied me on my 
official visits to the Chapters of the iDistrict, I desire to ex- 
press my heartfelt thanks. These Companions, they are the 
essence of loyalty, always willing to assist and extend the 
hand of friendship and companionship. Their presence am- 
plified our meetings and gave encouragement to the Officers 
of the various Chapters during the course of my inspection. 
I am truly grateful for their support and the lasting friend- 
ships I trust we have made. 

I was indeed very fortunate in securing the services of 
Ex. Comp. James McAllister, a Past Principal of King Solo- 
mon's Chapter, No. 8, as the District Secretary. His genial 
personality and ready wit made him popular with the Scribes 
E. of the various Chapters throughout the District, and he 
obtained for me information of interest from the records of 
the Chapters, all of which has been covered in individual re- 
ports to the Grand iScribe E. 

During the year it was my pleasure to visit the Chanters 
of the District once or twice. With the exception of Doric 
Chanter, No. 60, efforts have been made to arouse enthusiasm 
with some of the Principals but so far without success. 

The reception afforded me as the representative of the 
Grand Z. has been very gratifying and encouraging. The 
loyalty to Grand Chapter expressed by all Companions speaks 
well for the calibre of the men who make up this Grand 

My duties have been most interesting, the first being a 
joint meeting with the Second Principals of the two Toronto 
Districts, R. Ex. Comp. Thos. R. Hughes, Grand Superin- 
tendents of these Districts, R. Ex. Comp. W. S. M. Enouy 


and R. Ex. Comp. John [Burden, the purpose of which was to 
arrange for a Chapter of Instructions. This gathering of en- 
thusiastic Principals soon took form and decided to hold a 
Chapter of Instruction in Mark Master Mason Degree and 
Masonic Education. This idea was duly presented to the 
M Ex. the Grand Z., who gave his blessing on the project. 
With these good wishes it soon became the talk of all the 
Chapters in the two Districts, and the Second Principals felt 
their responsibilities. Rehearsals were called and the assist- 
ance given by Past Principals left very few stones unturned 
to assure the success of this meeting. The First Principal of 
King Solomon's Chapter, No. 8, kindly called a special Emer- 
gent Meeting on Wednesday, April 15th, 1936, and the 
Masonic Temple Corp.,, 888 Yonge St., kindly permitted us 
the use of the large Blue Room for which we as a 'body are 
extremely grateful. 

The Mark Master Mason Degree was exemplified in the 
presence of approximately 200 R.A.M., by the 2nd Principals, 
all of whom gave a splendid account of themselves. Follow- 
ing this R. Ex. Comp. Sidney Forbes, Grand Third Principal, 
gave some interesting information on the Mark Master 
Mason Degree, also he warmly complimented the Second 
Principals on their knowledge of the work. M. Ex. Comp. 
Edwin Smith, Grand Scribe E., enlightened the Companions 
on some of the unusual features connected with the degree. 
R. Ex. Comp. Morgan R. Griffiths, Grand Lecturer, gave an 
interesting talk on Masonry and was delighted with this 
method of instruction. 

This meeting has further cemented the bonds of good fel- 
lowship between the Companions of these two Districts, and 
as a suggestion to successors in office I earnestly present 
this form of Masonic Education and Instruction to their 
notice. On behalf of R. Ex. Comp. Thos. Hughes and myself 
I wish to thank all the Companions who took part, also R. 
Ex. Comp. Burden and Enuoy. These two sterling R.A.M.'s 
who have given years of service for the advancement of 
Capitular Masonry; this was their idea and I congratulate 
them most heartily on its success. 

My first inspection was at Beaver Chapter, No. 225, on 
Wednesday, March 12th, 1936. About eighteen Present and 
Past Grand Chapter Officers were present. Following the 
work of the evening R. Ex. Comp. James Pickard, Grand 
Scribe N. was presented with his Regalia by R. Ex. Comp. 
B. Cairns, after which a presentation was made to R. Ex. 


Comp. B. Cairns, this being- his birthday. He was both sur- 
prised and delighted with his gift. This evening started a 
strong union of friendship with my Grand Chapter Com- 
panions and as I write this at the close of my term of office 
I feel that I have made lasting friends in all of them. 

On Monday, March 16th, 1936, I attended the reception 
tendered R. Ex. Comp. Thos. R. Hughes, Grand Superin- 
tendent, Toronto W. District No 8a, toy his Chapter, Toronto 
Chapter No. 185. This was a very delightful function and 
the popularity of R. Ex. Comp. Hughes was best expressed 
by the large attendance of Present and Past 'Grand Chapter 
Officers, and Present and Past Principals of both the Dis- 

On Friday, March 20th, 1936, St. Andrews and St. John 
Chapter No. 4 devoted their regular convocation to Masonic 
Education, and the meeting was addressed by Ex. Comp. 
Wm. Moull, his subject being the Lost Word. To R.A.M.'s 
this address was most interesting and while I am writing of 
this Lecturer I particularly recommend his latest book. "The 
Royal Rite to Royal Arch Masons." 

On Saturday, March 21st, The St. Patrick Chapter, No. 
145, held its Annual Irish Night. This was a well attended 
gathering:, about 400 in attendance, a large company of 
Grand Chapter members, including M. Ex. Comp. K Dun- 
stan, R. Ex. Comp. Sidney Forbes, Grand Third Principal, 
M. Wor. Bro. and Ex. Comp. John A. Rowland, who was the 
speaker of the evening, Present and Past Grand Superinten- 
dents, Ministers of the Church, Members of Parliament, and 
others. A most enjoyable evening was provided, the only dis- 
appointment to the Companions of this splendid Chapter, 
was the absence of Keystone Chapter, Buffalo, which was 
detained in Buffalo by a very heavy snowstorm. The follow- 
ing evening, Sunday, March 22nd, this Chapter attended 
divine service at Eglington United Church to which they in- 
vited all R.A.M/s of the two Districts. The officiating Min- 
ister, Comp. Rev. W. J. Johnston, gave a very interesting 
address, taking for his subject "Famous Stones". This ser- 
vice was well attended. 

Thursday, March 26th, R. Ex. Comp. Thos. R. Hughes 
honoured me by taking the inspection of my Mother Chapter, 
King Solomon No. 8. He was accompanied (by his Secretary, 
Ex. Comp. Robert Sumerville. A large number of Grand 
Ghapter Officers, Present and Past Ex. Companions and Com- 
panions were present. I would like here to extend my sincere 


thanks to R. Ex. Comp. Tom Hughes, Grand Superintendent 
of Toronto District No. 8a, for his many kind acts and 
thoughtfulness in accompanying me on so many of my offi- 
cial visits to the Chapters of the District, thereby strengthen- 
ing those ties and bonds of friendship which our predecessors 
have built. Also, I wish to thank him for the opportunity he 
afforded me to inspect his own Mother Chapter, Toronto No. 
185, on Monday, April 20th, 1936. At the banquet after the 
inspection, the Toast to Grand Chapter was honoured in a 
very unique manner, iby the singing to the tune of "Onward, 
Christian Soldiers" : 

Greetings to Grand Chauter, long may they endure. 
Keeping step with progress, with a motive pure. 
Their symbol is the Keystone, perfecting the Arch 
Of man's "Immortal Temple", forward may march. 
Onward then Grand Chapter, may they always prove, 
Faithful to their watchword, Fraternity and Love. 

Let us then acclaim them, praise them in our song, 
Men of noble purpose, men in virtue strong. 
All of generous uncion, goodwill in their mind, 
To their worthy brethren, and to all mankind: 
Onward then Grand Chapter, may they always be, 
Foremost in Benevolence, first in Charity. 


These words were written by the Third Principal, Ex. 
Comp. T. H. Wright. 

On Monday, April 6th, 1936, I visited The Beaches Chap- 
ter, No. 163, this being their Annual Inspection Night, also 
it was my pleasure to present the regalia of (his office to V. 
Ex. Comp. T. C. James, Ass't. Gr. D. of C, this being the 
Mother Chapter of our Grand Z. 

On Friday, May 8th, it was my privilege, due to the ill- 
ness of R. Ex. Comp. T. R. Hughes, to represent Grand Chap- 
ter in Occident Chapter, No. 77, on their Annual Indian 
Night, also to assist R. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden in pre- 
senting to his Secretary, V. Ex. Comp. W. H. Murchison, the 
regalia of his office, the Grand Pursuivant. At the banquet 
table a very interesting and enlightening address was given 
by Major S. J. Robin, a speaker of international repute. The 
meeting was well attended, there being close to 300 Com- 
panions present. 

During the fore part of the year two well-known and dis- 
tinguished Royal Arch Masons, of Toronto E. District, No. 


8 were called to the Grand Chapter above, R. Ex. Comp. Wm. 
Roberts, Past Grand Superintendent, Toronto E. District, No. 
8, 1926, who died in Saskatoon and was (buried in St. Johns 
Norway Cemetery on August 8th, 1936, with Masonic Hon- 
ours; also R. Ex. Comp. Bernard Cairns, Past Grand Scribe 
N., 1916, deceased August 28th, 1936, buried with Masonic 
Honours August 31st, 1936. 

"They ever abide with us, they are not gone, 
And just beyond the boundary of human sight, 
They wait and watch, to cheer our upward course, 
And lift at last the veil that now obscures the light." 

"For, he has not served who gathers gold, 
Nor has he served whose life is told 
In selfish battle he has won, 
Or deeds of skill that he has done; 
But he has served who now and then 
Has helped along his fellow-man." 

On Wednesday, October 14th, 1936, Beaver Chapter No. 
225, and The St. Patrick Chapter, No. 145, held a joint 
Memorial Service to the memory of R. Ex. Comp. Bernard 
Cairns in Riverdale Masonic Temple, at which ceremony the 
Grand Chapter presided, represented by M. Ex. Comp. George 
Gardiner in the Chair Z.; R. Ex. Comp. Sidney Forbes H; 
R. Ex. Comp. F. J. Johnson J. The sincere and solemn ad- 
dresses given by our Grand First Principal, George L. Gar- 
diner, R. Ex. Comp. H. A. Miller, representinec Beaver Chap- 
ter, Ex. Comp. W. Johnston, representing The St. Patrick 
Chapter, and Comp. the Rev. W. J. Johnston, who pronoun- 
ced the Benediction, will long be remembered by those Com- 
paions and Veterans of the Fenian Raid who were present. 
I cannot better describe my own feelings towards Barney, 
as we all knew him, than to quote these line from his Mem- 
orial Brochure: — 

"Some leave a trail of perennial light, like the after- 
glow of the setting sun: others fade with the passing. 
Our revered friend has left Masonry and the world richer 
and better, because he had lived, loved, toiled and served." 

A word of praise is due to V. Ex. Comp. E. J. Luttrell 
and R. Ex. Comp. James Pickard, for the setting and con- 
ducting of this wonderful Memorial Service. 

On Sunday, October 8th, 1936, The St. Patrick's Chapter 
No. 145 invited all R.A.M.'s of the two Districts to attend 


Divine Worship at College St. Baptist Church. Comp. Rev. 
G. A. Leichliter, the Pastor, gave an interesting address to 
about 250 Masons present. 

It is my sincere hope that in the near future the two Tor- 
onto Districts, 8 and 8a hold a combined Church Service, 
after the manner established by our Blue Lodge Districts. 
A, B, C and D. 

A number of meetings were held by the Royal Arch Wel- 
fare Committee at which the Superintendents and Princi- 
pals of both Toronto Districts were present to discuss ways 
and means to further enlarge the scope of Welfare Work, and 
to increase the activity of the Companions in the Chapters. 
These gatherings (always well attended) are a wonderful 
inspiration to the younger members. Too much praise can- 
not be extended to the Executive of the Royal Arch Welfare 
Committee for the manner in which they are conducting the 
work and ideals handed down to them by the founders and 
predecessors : 

"We all have a road to take, 
That Road is the Road of Life. 
We each of us have a share of Joy 
And each a share of strife, 
But since all must travel that road, 
In sunny and stormy weather, 
We each may lighten each others load, 
If we pull along together." 

This is a noble work, long may it continue. 
During the month of December the annual Installation 
Ceremonies have been somewhat arduous; practically every 
Chapter in the two Districts extended invitations to me. I 
attended all the Chapters I possibly could, and received sin- 
cere and loyal welcome from them. It was my very good for- 
tune to attend a joint installation, the first of its kind to be 
held in this District, the two Chapters, York No. 60 and St. 
Albans No. 217 both meeting in Eglington Ave. Temple, and 
in order to curtail both on time and expenses, the Executives 
of these Chapters, in perfect harmony, performed a very 
pleasing installation, and as a suggestion to other Chapters 
meeting in the same Temples, I heartily endorse this form of 
installation, with due regard to companionship, goodfellow- 
ship, harmony, understanding and economy. It would solve 
many economic problems and make lasting friendships, 
which I trust is the aim of all Royal Arch Masons. 


In conclusion I wish to congratulate all the newly in- 
stalled Officers of the Constituent Chapters for 1937, and 
may their journey towards the East and Sacred Shrine ever 
be marked with Wisdom, Success and Happiness, for their 
is nothing that will so effectively increase the prestige of 
Masonry in the eyes of the world as the living witness to be 
found in every upright Mason. 

Respectfully submitted. 

Fred J. Johnson, 
Grand Supt. Toronto E. District No. 8. 

Toronto, Ont., January 16th, 1937. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the-Grand Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

It is with much pleasure that I have the honour to pre- 
sent for your information, statistical report of my report in 
general on condition of Capitular Masonry in Toronto West 
District, No 8A for the year 1936. Detailed reports of each 
of the Chapters of the District have already been forwarded 
to the Grand Scribe E., giving full details of the condition 
of all Chapters. 

May I at this point express my sincere appreciation to the 
Companions of District 8A, of the honour they conferred upon 
me in electing me to the important office of Grand Superin- 
tendent, and my sincere thanks to the Most Excellent the 
Grand First Principal in confirming my election as his rep- 

I had the pleasure of visiting all of the Chapters in the 
District at least once during the year, and most of them on 
other occasions as well. I made my inspections in accord- 
ance with my prearranged schedule, of all Chapters except- 
ing Shekinah, and it was to me a matter of genuine regret 
that I was unable, on account of illness, to carry out this In- 
spection. Several of my predecessors in office of Grand Sup- 
erintendent very kindly offered to fulfill this engagement for 
me, and to them, I offer my sincere thanks. Particularly 
may I thank R. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden for taking this 
Inspection, which he generously did, although having very 
many demands made up his time. 

It was a distinct shock to all of his friends and Com- 
panions to learn of the very sudden death of the late R. Ex. 
Comp. John Davidson, Grand Superintendent for this Dis- 
trict in the year 1934. His passing was very sudden on March 
29th. He was an active officer of Brampton Presbyterian 
Church, and had attended his usual duties on Sunday, and 
passed away Sunday evening. I attended his funeral with 
many others of his Companions and Brethren in Masonry. 
I visited Peel Chapter for Inspection on April 7th, a week 
following his death, and had the privilege of witnessing a 
very beautiful memorial service to his memory conducted by 
Ex. Comp. R. W. Hall, First Principal, assisted by R. Ex. 
Comp. R. V. Conover and other Principals and Companions 
of Peel Chapter. It was said of the deceased at this service: 


"He is not dead. Such Souls forever live 
In boundless measures of the love they give." 

And it can be truly said that the memory of R. Ex. Comp. 
Davidson will long remain in the hearts of his Companions 
and brethren in Masonry. He was Tbeloved by all who know 

The Grim Reaper suddenly appeared in Grand Chapter 
again on August 28th, and carried off another faithful ser- 
vant in the person of R. Ex. Comp. B. Cairns of Beaver and 
St. Patrick Chapters. His passing also was sudden, and 
came as a great shock to his many friends. A very beautiful 
memorial ceremony was held by Beaver Chapter on October 
14th, assisted by the Officers and Companions of the St. Pat- 
rick Chapter, in which Most Ex. Comp. Geo. L. Gardiner, 
Grand Z., along with many other Grand Chapter Officers, 
past and present, took part. It was very fitting that the 
daughter and grandson of the deceased were present at that 
ceremony and witnessed the very high regard in which the 
late R. Ex. Comp. Cairns was held among his Companions. 

Present at that ceremony was one who in the course of 
two months also received the call, and one of our most be- 
loved Companions of Grand Chapter in the person of R. Ex. 
Comp. Sidney S. Forbes, Grand Third Principal J., on De- 
cember 17, 1936, passed to his reward. R. Ex. Comp. Forbes 
was a man of great personal charm, and to know him was a 
great privilege, and to be a friend of his a very great honour. 
Royal Arch Masonry is much the poorer by his passing, and 
I feel sure I share the opinion of all who know him when I 
say that had he been spared, and when his turn came, he 
would have made a perfect Grand Z. We have every assur- 
ance that the greeting he would receive from the Great Archi- 
tect of the Universe would be: — 

"Well done, thou good and faithful servant, 
Enter thou into the joy of the Lord." 

The late R. Ex. Comp. Forbes will continue laying designs 
on the greater trestle board to which he has been called, 
and we who are left mourn the loss of a true and beloved 
Companion : — 

"To live in the hearts of those you leave behind 
is not to die." 

Following the precedent established by our predecessors 
for several years past, R. Ex. Comp. F. Johnson, Grand 
Superintendent Toronto District No. 8, very kindly inspected 


the work of my own Chapter, the Toronto Chapter, on April 
20th, which I appreciated, and I also had the honour of doing 
the same at his Chapter, King Solomon Chapter, April 15th. 
During our term of office R. Ex. Comp. Johnson and I have 
endeavoured to keep cemented those bonds of friendship and 
companionship which have been established between the two 
Toronto District, and have very much enjoyed joining each 
with the other, on fraternal visits and inspections at all times 
when possible. 

On April 15th, under the direction of the two Grand 
Superintendents, the Second Principals of the two Toronto 
Districts conducted a Chapter of Instruction at the Central 
Masonic Temple, Yonge Street, exemplifying the M.M.M. De- 
gree, all of the chairs being occupied by the Second Princi- 
pals, with the exception of that of Z. The exemplification of 
this degree was particularly well carried out by the Officers 
and reflected great credit on them, and their efforts were 
thoroughly appreciated by the very large attendance of 
Companions, all Chapters being represented. At this cere- 
mony the late R, Ex. Comp. S. Forbes, Grand J., in his usual 
gracious manner, kindly consented to be present, and de- 
livered a most instructive lecture on the Degree. We express 
our gratitude to R. Ex. Comp. Morgan Griffiths, R. Ex. Comp. 
W. S. M. Enouy, and V. Ex. Comp. E. J. Ruttrell and others 
for their kindly assistance rendered in this work. It had 
been the intention of the Grand Superintendents to conduct 
a Chapter of Instruction in the M.E.M. and R.A.M. Degrees 
before the year ended, but owing to my illness, we were pre- 
vented from doing this. 

I am very happy to report that in a number of the Chap- 
ters of the District the silver lining is beginning to show 
through the clouds which have hovered over all the Chapters 
of the District for several years past. Several of them are 
now getting candidates where they have not had them for 
some considerable time. And they appear to be the class of 
candidates who are genuinely interested in their desire for 
further light and study in Masonry. There are unfortu- 
nately, however, still some of the Chapters who have not yet 
gotten around that proverbial corner of which we have heard 
so much the last few years, but the Officers are sticking 
bravely to their tasks and in all cases are prepared to extend 
that assistance, light and knowledge to those uninformed 
Masons who desire it. I offer my sincerest congratulations 
to those many Officers for their loyalty in such cases where 


the encouragement is not the greatest, but I have every hope 
that in a short time all will be answering the calls of the new 
candidates, and that our great and glorious institution will 
again flourish; not only numerically, but also in the class of 
members who take their Masonry seriously, and exemplify a 
genuine desire to progress and complete their Masonic 

One thing which I have observed in all the Chapters of 
this District has been their unfailing loyalty to Most. Ex. 
Comp. Gardiner, and to the Grand Chapter of Canada over 
which he has the honour to preside. There is a splendid 
feeling of companionship existing among the Chapters, one 
with the other, not only in this district, but with Chapters 
of both Toronto Districts. May I make a suggesion to the 
Principals of the city Chapters to, as often as they can, 
along with their Companions, make a point of visiting our 
Companions of the suburban Chapters. These Companions 
are the most hospitable and appreciative that can be found 
anywhere, and you would be amply repaid for any little 
trouble you might take, and it would very much stimulate 
the interest of their own members to have you as their guests, 
and you could join more heartily in the singing of the verse 
we are so familiar with accompanying the toast to our visi- 
tors : — 

'The more we are together 
The happier we will be, 
For your friends are my friends, 
And my friends are your friends, etc., etc." 

May I, as my predecessors have, congratulate the Chair- 
man and Secretary of the Royal Arch Welfare Committee, 
Ex. Comp. F. W. Fisher, and Ex. Comp. A. Tannahill, re- 
spectively, for their untiring efforts in carrying on the work 
of their important Committee, and for increasing their good 
work by adding four extra trips to and Ifrom Bronte under 
the direction of the Neighbourhood Workers' Association. 
This is a splendid work and none will know just what it 
means to many of the recipients, some of whom had never 
been outside the city, and some not even having enjoyed a 
motor drive to the country. The kind of assistance of the 
Companions of our suburban Chapters in this work is much 

"There is a destiny which makes us brothers.. 
None goes his way alone, 
All that we send into the lives of others 
Comes back into our own." 


There were many special functions I had the privilege of 
attending, but I will mention only a few. The Annual Irish 
Night of the St. Patrick Chapter was held with its usual 
snap by which it has been marked for many years past, and 
needless to say was very largely attended and enjoyed by all. 
I was denied the pleasure, owing to illness, of attending that 
other outstanding night given to the Companions, namely, 
the Indian Night of Occident Chapter. I understand how- 
ever that this was carried out with the usual success and 
pleasure to the Companions who were present On Sunday, 
March 22nd, I had the pleasure and privilege of attending 
the Annual Church Service at Eglington United Church with 
the Companions of the St. Patrick Chapter, and on Sunday 
evening, October 18th, I was also pleased to join with this 
Chapter in a church service at College St. Baptist Church, 
one of their members, Comp. Rev. Geo. A. Leichliter, being 
pastor, as is also Comp. Rev. W. J. Johnston, Pastor of Eg- 
lington Ave. United Church. I would suggest that other 
Chapters of the District get together and follow the lead of 
the St. Patrick Chapter, and have one or more joint Church 
Services during the year. This will be found beneficial to 

It was my pleasure along with R. Ex. Comp. Fred John- 
son, Grand Superintendent of Toronto District, No. 8, and 
others to accompany Most Ex Comp. Geo. L. Gardiner, Grand 
Z, to St. Paul's Chapter, at which convocation the Officers 
and members of St. Paul's Chapter honoured the Most. Ex. 
cellent Grand Z. with a life membership in their Chapter, a 
very fine mark of their loyalty. I also, along with other 
members of Grand Chapter, was privileged to attend a ban- 
ouet, reception and presentation tendered to Most Ex. Comp. 
Gardiner by the Principals' Association of Hamilton District 
at Hamilton. There were among the guests present to do 
honour to our Most Ex. Grand Z. nine Grand Superintend- 
ents, his Representatives in their various Districts this year, 
and the Principals' Association under the direction of R. Ex. 
Comp. T. R. Huxtable, of Hamilton District No. 5, left noth- 
ing undone to make the evening a most enjoyable one for all, 
and also to prove their loyalty to our Most Grand Z. 

Now as regards the future — as I have said at the outset 
of my report, some of the Chapters appear to be taking on 
new life, and I hope sincerely all will soon be in this category 
— can we not make Capitular Masonry more attractive from 
just being a convenience — a stepping-stone, as some consider 


it, to some higher branch to which they aspire. I would sug- 
gest also that some of the larger and more prosperous Chap- 
ters take an interest in some of the smaller, not so fortunate 
ones, and give them what assistance they can to keep up their 
interest in their work. I would also recommend to all Prin- 
cipals of their Chapters that on nights when they have no 
candidates, they have a full rehearsal of one of each of the 
degrees, as, when the Officers do not have an opportunity to 
perform their respective duties, they very soon get rusty, as 
it were, and when a candidate comes forward, the work is 
not given him as smoothly and impressively as it should, and 
he may not obtain a full realization of those beautiful de- 
grees as a result, and as it is desired that he should. Also, 
seek new material at all times by inviting brethren of your 
Craft Lodges to come and join you by taking the Royal Arch 
Degree and thereby completing their Masonic Structure. And 
I would suggest to take the new member immediately he has 
received his M.M.M. Degree, and give him a definite work to 
do, to keep his interest alive, as they practically all confess, 
as soon as the R.A.M Degree has been conferred upon them 
that it is the most beautiful part of Masonry they have so 
far encountered. So why not make a definite effort to have 
this held in their minds. It would be better for them and 
the Chapter would gain thereby. Treat them as real mem- 
bers of the family. 

Past Grand Superintendents have from time to time ad- 
monished Officers of our Chapters to make it a point to have 
business matters dealt with by the Executive Committee in- 
stead of delaying the work of Chapter, and thereby holding 
visitors out unnecessarily long before admitting them to the 
Chapter, and thus making a very late night of the meeting. 
The late closing commences with the late opening of the 
Chapter. A Chapter-opening should not be delayed simply 
because an Officer should be dilatory in arriving. Fill his 
chair and get the Chapter opened on time, as no one appre- 
ciates being kept out in the ante room for a long time before 
entering, and the visitors therefore are apt to think twice 
before visiting the Chapters in future who are so inconsid- 
erate of their comfort. 

May I at this time express to all past and present Grand 
Chapter Officers my sincere gratitude for their very gracious 
advice and assistance at all times. If I may ( be pardoned for 
mentioning any personally, I feel that I cannot close this 
report without expressing my heartfelt thanks to R. Ex. 


Comp. Fred Johnson, Grand Superintendent of Toronto East 
Distrirt, for his kindly assistance on all occasions. It has 
been a delight to me to have a colleague during my term of 
office such as R. Ex. Comp. Johnson, and my cherished list of 
good, true friends has been greatly enhanced by the addition 
of the R. Ex. Companion. Also to R. Ex. Comp. John M. 
Burden, by predecessor in office, I am deeply grateful for his 
advice and guidance at all times so cheerfully given. I was 
deeply sensitive of the fact that I had a very difficult task to 
accomplish in succeeding R. Ex. Comp. Burden in office, but 
I assure you this task was made much lighter by his very 
kind assistance and advice whenever I called upon him. 

I am very grateful to Ex. Comp. Rotot. Somerville, a Past 
Principal of Toronto Chapter, whom I selected as District 
Secretary, for his assistance given me at all times, which was 
very helpful and much appreciated by me. 

To R. Ex. Comp. W. S. M. Enouy, I feel that I shall for- 
ever be in his debt for his unfailing kindness at all times. 
R. Ex. Comp. Enouy is one of our Companions who lives his 
R.A.M. in his daily life at all times as well as in the Chapter 
Room, always willing to assist others in their desires to 
advance in and learn more about Capitular Masonry. 

Unfortunately, owing to the fact that I was confined to 
my ibed for three months during the summer with a serious 
illness, I was prevented from making as many visits as I 
liave planned, to the various Chapters. I may say, however, 
that apart from this illness, my term in office has been one 
of my happiest experiences of my whole Masonic career. I 
have had shown me the greatest of kindness at all times, 
much more even than I had ever thought could have existed 
between man and man, and this has left an impression of 
love and respect for my Companions and fellowmen in my 
heart which can never be erased. For all the kindnesses of 
the Companions during my illness, I am sincerely grateful. 

To all of the Principals and Officers of all Chapters in 
the District I am deeply grateful for all of your co-operation 
and courtesy at all times, and for the support given me by 
your presence on my various visits. My list of friendships 
has been greatly lengthened by the addition of so many 
names of Companions I have met during my year, and this, 
to me, is more priceless than great riches. I sincerely thank 
M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, Grand Scribe E., and his Secre- 
tary, for their assistance, guidance and unfailing courtesy 
at all times, so freely extended to me. 


It is with a feeling of regret mingled with joy that I look 
forward to the completion of my term as Grand Superin- 
tendent — regret, that I may not in the future have so close 
and many contacts with the many good friends I have made 
and will always cherish, and joy in the thought that I may, 
in my humble way, have accomplished some of my objectives, 
and have had the opportunity of serving my Companions 
and assisting them in some of their problems. 

I extend my sincere good wishes to my successor in office, 
and feel assured that he will have the same hearty co-opera- 
tion and support that I have had. 

"And to my heart I bring again 
This eager, earnest plea: 
Make me a friend to as many men 
As are good friends to me." 

Yours respectfully and fraternally, 

Thos. R. Hughes, 
Grand Supt, Toronto West District No. 8a. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

I beg to submit my report on the condition of Capitular 
Masonry in Georgian District No. 9. I wish to express my 
appreciation to Most Ex. Companion George L. Gardiner, 
Grand Z., and the Companions of Georgian District for the 
distinguished honour. I have discharged by duties to the 
best of my ability and hope I have justified the confidence 
placed in me. 

My first official act was to appoint Ex. Comp. C. P. Little 
District Secretary and V. Ex. Comp. W. P. Dey District 
Chaplain. My next official duty was to send out a circular 
letter which contained the recommendations of the Most 
Excellent the Grand Z., to the First Principals of the District. 

On March 20th I visited Kichikewana Chapter, No. 167, at 
Midland, I was introduced by R. Ex. Comp. T. C. Luke and re- 
ceived by Ex. Comp. C. P. Eagles. The M.M.M. Degree was 
exemplified by Ex. Comp. L. E. Gosselin in a very efficient 
manner. The Past Principals showed a keen interest in the 
Chapter by assisting in the work. 

On May 7 I visited Amabel Chapter, No. 131, Wiarton. 
I was introduced to the Chapter by R. Ex. Comp S. E. Foster, 
the Scribe E. of this Chapter, and was received by Ex. 
Comp. S. E. Dobson, a Past Z, Ex. Comp. R. J. Colter, the 
First Principal, being absent. Ex. Comp. S. C. Dobson and 
Ex. Comp. J. V. Mills, conferred the M.E.M. Degree in a very 
commendable manner on the candidates. This Chapter ap- 
pears to be forging ahead as two more applications were re- 
ceived for membership on this occasion and great credit is 
due to R. Ex. Comp. S. E. Foster and the Past Z's. 

On May 22 I paid my official visit to my Mother Chapter, 
Manitou No. 27, Collingwood. I was presented by R. Ex. 
Comp. C. T. Stephens and R. Ex. Comp. W. H. Whipps and 
most heartily received by Ex. Comp. L. D. McClure, the Ex. 
Z. The attendance was not large as a percentage of the mem- 
bers are sailors who can only enjoy the privilege of attend- 
ing Chapter for about three months during the year. There 
was no degree work but I know that Capitular Masonry is 
in safe hands. Plans are being discussed to increase the in- 
terest and membership of the Craft members in the juris- 
diction of this Chapter in Capitular Masonry. I firmly be- 


lieve, in spite of having only one initiation in the past thirty 
months, that Manitou Chapter is likely to gain the ground 
among its membership in the near future. Much credit is 
due to R. Ex. Camps. Stephens, Whipps and Robertson, who 
seldom miss a meeting and who take a very deep interest 
in the welfare of Manitou Chapter. 

One June 12th I paid my official visit to Couchiching 
Chapter No. 197, Orillia I was introduced to the Chapter by 
R. Ex. Comp. D. C. Patmore and R. Ex. Comp. H. S. Fenton 
and was royally received by Ex. Comp. D. H. McNabb, First 
Principal. The M.M.M. Degree was conferred in a very dig- 
nified and impressive manner by Ex. Comp. J. Page, Third 
Principal, and the regular officers of the Chapter, the Obliga- 
tion being given by Ex. Comp. A. S. Skinner, First Principal 
of Orient Chapter, No. 79, Toronto. R. Ex. Comp. W. H. 
Whipps gave a very interesting paper on the " Volume of the 
Sacred Law" which was enjoyed by all. 

On June 16th I paid my official visit to Georgian Chapter 
No. 56, Owen Sound. I was introduced to the Chapter by R. 
Ex. Comp. D. R. Dobie and R. Ex. Comp. E. L. Vanstone, 
and officially received by Ex. Comp. W. B. Phillips, First 
Principal of the Chapter who conferred the Holy Royal Arch 
Degree on a member of Amabel Chapter No. 131, Wiarton, 
and also a candidate of Georgian Chapter. The degree was 
exemplified in a very creditable manner and I congratulate 
the Officers on their fine showing. The records of this Chap- 
ter are in the capable hands of Comp. George E. Athey. 

On September 7th I suffered loss in the death of my be- 
loved wife after a severe sickness of seven months duration 
and I take this opportunity of thanking my Masonic friends 
for their expressions of sympathy during that trying period. 

On October 13th I visited Signet Chapter No. 34, Barrie. 
I was introduced to the Chapter by R. Ex. Comp. J. W. Mer- 
rick and officially received by Ex. Comp. George Coles, First 
Principal of the Chapter. There was a very poor turn out 
of Signet Companions, only ten out of a membership of two 
hundred. There was no work and evidently no candidates in 
view which no doubt makes a lack of interest. I trust that 
Signet Chapter will shortly gain its position as the leading 
Chapter in this District for they have two Craft Lodges to 
draw from and also have the largest membership in the Dis- 
trict. The books and finances are in good shape and I trust 
that the future will be brighter. 


On October 2nd, I visited Macpherson Chapter, No. 
86, Meaford. I was introduced to the Chapter by Ex. 
Comp. B. Pitts and Comp. F. H. Finlay, Scribe E. of the 
Chapter, and warmly welcomed by Ex. Comp. L. Douglas, 
Ex. Z. There was no degree work and this Chapter is having 
a hard time trying to fill the vacancy caused by the death of 
R. Ex. Comp. A. G. Bright who for a great number of years 
was the mainspring of Macpherson Chapter. The books are 
well kept and in a round table talk I advocated interchange 
of visits between Chapters and a very pressing invitation 
was given to visit Manitou Chapter the following night when 
the Holy Royal Arch Degree was being conferred. This was 
well received but I am sorry to say not acted upon. 

In conclusion, I should like to avail myself of the oppor- 
tunity of expressing my sincere thanks to all who contributed 
in making this year a memorable one for me. Although our 
membership has not increased, I still feel that this year has 
been a successful one and that the roots of Capitular Mas- 
onry are firmly implanted and strongly nourished, and I look 
for greater things in the future. 

All of which is respectfully submitted, 

F C. Bendell, 
Grand Supt. Georgian District No.9, 

Collingwood, Ontario. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

In presenting my report on the condition of Capitular 
Masonry in Ontario District No. 10, I must in the first place 
express my sincere thanks and appreciation to the ruling and 
past Principals who so kindly elected me to the office of Grand 
Superintendent, and to the Most Excellent, the Grand Z for 
his confirmation of the same. To serve in a worthy cause, 
regardless of difficulties is always a privilege, but to serve 
and be assured that one's humble efforts are appreciated, 
makes the task a pleasure, and the memory of the cordial 
receptions accorded me from every Chapter in the District, 
and the many new and close friendships cemented, will be a 
constant reminder of the most pleasant year of my Masonic 

My first official act was to appoint R. Ex. Comp. Chas. L. 
Davidson, of Midland Chapter No. 94, Lindsay, my District 
Secretary, and following that to acquaint each Chapter in 
the District, the recommendations of the Most Excellent, the 
Grand Z. 

Ionic Chapter, No. 168, Campbellford. — This Chapter 
being instituted on the 17th of March, gives the Grand 
Superintendent no choice in his date of visit, as they cele- 
brate their anniversary and send him an urgent and cordial 
invitation to be present at that time, and do they make a 
success of it? Well, ask all of my predecessors. I accepted the in- 
vitation and arrived at 9.45 p.m. by train as the roads were im- 
passable by motor. I was therefore deprived the privilege of see- 
ing the opening ceremonies or the first portion of the Royal 
Arch, but the remainder was perfect, and proof sufficient to me 
that no flaws could be picked in the work. Ex. Comp. Tinney 
is fortunate in the excellence of his Officers, and the able sup- 
port given him by his past Z's. The books are in every way 
in good shape, being in the hands of their old stand-by Ex. 
Comp. Denyes. After the close of the Chapter, we adjourned 
to the banquet room where we demonstrated to the Com- 
panions on refreshments that their efforts were appreciated. 
Much profit and pleasure was derived from the various ad- 
dresses, but the climax of the evening was reached by the 
speaker of the evening, Comp. H. B. Neal, his address being 


"The Life of St. Patrick." Thus concluded my first, and 
long-to-be-remembered visit to Ionic Chapter No. 168. 

On March 31st, I journeyed to Oshawa to be pre- 
sent at a "Blue" night held by Pentalpha Chapter No. 28. 
The three lodges of Oshawa were well represented, and many 
Brethren and Companions in attendance from points 
throughout the District. 

R. Ex. Comp. Chas. Stenhouse, P.O. Supt. of Pentalpha 
Chapter gave a lecture on the Banners, which was a master- 
piece, followed by a banquet. The speaker of the evening 
being R. Ex. Comp. W. Y Mills, Grand Second Principal of 
Grand Chapter. Those of the Brethren who were not en- 
thused by R. Ex. Comp. Mills' address, could not be im- 
pressed by any one. The evening was a success in every way, 
and I have no doubt that Pentalpha Chapter will benefit by 
an increase of members. 

Pentalpha Chapter No. 28, Oshawa. — I paid my official 
visit to this Chapter on April 7th, I wasi received and intro- 
duced by R. Ex. Comp. Chas. Stenhouse, P.G. Supt,, and warmly 
welcomed by Ex. Comp. A. R. Wilson. I witnessed the 
M.E.M. Degree, conferred exceptionally well — almost word 

The Convocation of a week earlier reduced the attendance 
but the Officers were on their mettle, and Ex. Comp. Wilson 
is fortunate in having such a capable set of Officers to work 
with, as well as the splendid support given him by the Past 
Z's. Although the attendance was small (about 49), there 
were present three P.G. Supt.'s, seven Past Z's, two P.D.D.- 
G.M.'s, five P.M.'s and one P.G.S. 

After the close of the Convocation, adjournment was 
made to the banquet hall, where interesting addresses were 
given by several Companions, the speaker of the evening 
being Comp. Hart on "Milk", which was most interesting and 

The books of the Chapter are in the efficient hands of Ex. 
Comp. N. W. Purdy, Scribe E. and are well kept. 

King Darius Chapter No. 134, Cannington. — I 
officially visited this Chapter on April 15th, and was present 
at the opening of the Chapter, which was perfectly done. 
This is one of the small Chapters in the District, and no de- 
gree work was offered as candidates were not available, but 
Ex. Comp. Horner, Scribe E, vouched for the Officers in their 
knowledge of the degrees, and having myself seen the work 
exemplified in the past, I have no reason to doubt his word. 


The attendance was small, but the true Royal Arch hospi- 
tality was much in evidence. After the closing of the Chap- 
ter, a dainty lunch was served, and a very pleasant hour was 
spent in addresses from the various Companions. The books 
are well kept, and Ex. Comp. Hayes has strong support in 
his efficient Scribe E. and R. Ex. Comp. Dr. Blanchard. 

Victoria Chapter No. 37, Port Hope. — I visited 
this Chapter on May 8th, and witnessed the exemplification 
of the Holy Royal Arch Degree in a manner most impressive. 
I have never had the opportunity of seeing this Degree 
worked with such interest, the interpretation of which must 
long live in the minds of the candidates, and being assisted 
by two old veterans, Ex. Comps. Bailey and Haskell, both in 
their three score years and ten, put the cap on the degree 
with their letter perfect work in delivering the Mystical 

It should be an inspiration to the Officers and members 
to see such activity in their old members. 

After the closing of the Chapter, we repaired to the 
banquet hall when we were treated with a number of ad- 
dresses for the good and welfare of the District, and I have 
the promise of this Chapter to assist the weaker Chapters 
by visits and to confer any degrees that they are requested to 
in order to instruct or entertain, and when they say YES you 
can depend upon it. (The books are in good hands and well 
looked after by Ex. Comp. Harry Mitchell. The prospects 
of this Chapter are good, and it is one of the strongholds of 
this District. 

Keystone Chapter No. 35, Whitby.— I visited this Chap- 
ter on May 15th. No work was exemplified due to the lack of 
candidates, but the routine work of the Chapter was well done. 
I was introduced by R. Ex. Comp. Jermyn, and received by Ex. 
Comp. McGillivray with all the respect and homage due to 
Grand Chapter. 

This Chapter seems a little discouraged by the dropping 
off of attendance by the members, due, no doubt, to the fact 
that no work is ever exemplified, and consequently the in- 
terest is on the wane. But during the lunch hour we had a 
friendly round table talk, and I believe they are going to 
buck up and get a strangle hold on their stagnation, and I 
feel confident that Ex. Comp. McGillivray, with the support 
of his Officers will tell us of their success when we receive 
them on a fraternal visit in the near future. 


The books are in good shape, with the exception of ar- 
rears of dues, which Ex. Comp. Rowe, iScribe E, is faithfully 
endeavouring to eliminate. This Chapter is composed of 
good stock and there is no cause for worry as to the future. 

Midland Chapter No. 94, Lindsay. — I officially visited 
this, my Mother Chapter, on May 21st, as there was no work, 
I was pleased to see the Officers and members of King Darius 
Chapter No. 134, Cannington, on the job to exemplify the 
M.M.M. Degree, which was exceedingly well done by Ex. 
Comp. Hayes, First Principal. On account of circumstances 
over which he had no control, our First Principal, Ex. Comp. 
Hushin, was absent on this occasion, the chair being taken 
by the I.P.Z., Ex Comp. H. ; S. Johnston. After the close of 
the Chapter, we adjourned to the dining room and profited 
by the addresses of those present, and possibly more good 
was accomplished by our "round table" talk than in any 
other way. "94" has an enthusiastic set of Officers, who will, 
if good fortune comes our way, will put this Chapter on the 
map. The books are in good condition in the hands of our 
Scribe E., R. Ex. Comp. Chas. L. Davidson, and the prospects 
are fair. 

Excelsior Chapter No. 45, Colborne. — I visited this 
Chapter on June 5th, making the seventy-five miles in 
good time. I was introduced by R. Ex. Comp. Mc- 
Kim and warmly welcomed by Ex. Comp. Cracknell. This is 
one of our small Chapters, and as times are not as yet up 
to normal, there was no work for want of a candidate, but 
I witnessed the opening and closing, and the Officers are cer- 
tainly well skilled, as the performance was almost letter per- 
fect. With the support of R. Ex. Comp. McKim, and the 
other Past Principals, when fortune comes their way, there 
need be no worry about the impressive rendition of the de- 
grees. After the transaction of business we sat down to a 
spread fit for a king, during which I exhorted the Officers 
to get in touch with other Chapters and arrange an exchange 
of visits, and not to let the occasion pass without exemplify- 
ing a degree, and thus keep well posted in the work, and 
create interest and enthusiasm in their own Chapter as well 
as contributing to the good and welfare of the District. 

Ex. Comp. Wolfrain has his books in good shape, and is 
endeavouring to complete his book of marks in connection 
with the older members. The final toast brought to a close 
one of the most enjoyable evenings I have had during my 
term of office. 


Palestine Chapter No. 49, Bowmanville. — I visited this 
Chapter on June 15th, and was introduced by V. Ex. Comp. 
Bonnycastle, and warmly welcomed by Ex. Comp. Billett, 
First Principal. 

The Holy Royal Arch Degree was offered for my inspec- 
tion, which was, with few exceptions, without a flaw. I 
cannot let this occasion pass without making mention of the 
historical lecture given by Ex. Comp. Groat, the interpre- 
tation of which I have never before heard. It was GRAND. 
This Chapter is indeed fortunate in having this Ex. Com- 
panion in the East. I predict "things to happen" during the 
next two years of his term of office. 

This Chapter has very comfortable quarters, are inter- 
ested and enthusiastic in Royal Arch Masonry to a man, their 
prospects are good, and Ex. Comp. Cotton, their efficient 
Scribe E, has his books up to date and in good shape. 

The addresses from the various Companions present, 
filled with words of encouragement and optimism to stand 
behind me in my exhortation for visitations throughout the 
District to assist and incite to enthusiasm, the weaker Chap- 
ters, certainly warmed the heart. This Chapter needs no 
coaxing or assistance 

St. Andrew's Chapter No. 139, Havelock. — I made 
my official visit! to this Chapter on June 22nd. I was 
present at the opening, and was introduced by R. Ex. Comp. 
Angus Graham, and right loyally received as the representa- 
tive of the Grand Z by Ex. Comp. Yuill. This Chapter has 
just purchased new quarters, having been burned out, and 
are not by any means settled as yet, but when completed will 
have a home second to none in the jurisdiction. There was 
no degree worked, but the prospects are good for the future. 
After finishing the routine of business I endeavoured to in- 
still into the hearts of the Officers not to lose interest, but to 
keep up with the w^ork and visit other Chapters and awaken 
enthusiasm throughout the District. They took me at my 
word, and decided at once on a fraternal visit to Lindsay in 

The books are well kept by Ex. Comp. "Bob" Anderson, 
S.E., and everything along his line is in good shape. 

Warkworth Chapter No. 110, Warkworth. — I paid 
my Official visit to this Chapter on September 14th, and was 
introduced by Ex. Comp. Buchanan and warmly welcomed 
by Ex. Comp. Smooker. 


The business portion of the Chapter was well managed, 
and the absence of that "drag" was very noticeable. They 
had the good fortune to have two candidates for the Holy 
Royal Arch, which was conferred in a manner beyond cric- 

This Chapter, though small in numbers and jurisdiction, 
has good future prospects, and I believe will be heard from 
in the near future, with such active Past Z's as Ex. Comps. 
Buchanan, Ewing:, Neil and others, Ex. Comp. Smooker will 
have no trouble to carry on. The clerical end is well looked 
after by Ex. Comp. Allen, whose books are in good shape. 

After the close of the Chapter, we enjoyed a pleasant 
hour in addresses from several Companions, which created 
a determination to make the fall term and the following year 
fraternal visits and get the better acquainted with the Corn- 
one to be remembered by this Chapter, and a desire for 
panions of the District. 

Corinthian Chapter No. 36, Peterborough. — Support- 
ed by three carloads, I officially visited this Chapter on Sep- 
tember 25th. 

The Mark Master Mason Degree was exemplified for my 
inspection. As this Chapter is the largest in the District, 
and one of the most active, they are always up in their work 
and no criticism could be made, every Officer beinor full of 
enthusiasm, perfect in the interpretation and working abso- 
lutely to the Constitution. 

With his Officers so interested in their work, and bein^ 
so ably assisted by his Past Z's, Ex. Comp. Sollitt will no 
doubt enjoy a successful term. V. Ex. Comp. Couper is a 
conscientious Scribe E, and takes a pride in the neatness of 
his books, having everything in good shape and posted to 

After the Chapter was closed, we spent an hour in re- 
viewing the condition of the District, resulting in Corinthian 
Chapter promising to do all in their power to assist and en- 
courage the weaker Chapters. 

Oshawa, October 6th. — On this date I had the pleasure 
of being present at a reception held in honour of Most Excel- 
lent Companion George L. Gardiner, Grand First Principal 
of the Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of Canada. The 
attendance was not as we had expected, but the condition of 
the times and counter-attractions no doubt, was: the cause, but 
those who were present were delighted with the message de- 
livered by our Grand First Principal. The feature of the 


evening being the attendance of Craft Masons, who were in- 
vited by the Chapter members, thus giving our guests an 
opportunity of learning something about Royal Arch Masonry 
that hitherto they may not have known, and a number of 
them will, no doubt, wish to learn more, which will be to the 
benefit of the various Chapters in the District. The evening 
was an absolute success in every way, M. Ex. Comp. Gardi- 
ner taking the audience by storm with his wonderful addrass 
and pleasing personality. 

St. John's Chapter No. 48, Cobourg. — I officially visited 
this Chapter on October 27th. The Mark Master Mason Degree 
was conferred for my inspection in such a manner as to defy 

Ex. Comp. Niles and his Officers understand their duties 
and the work was carried through without a hitch, his Past 
Z's ably assisting him throughout the degree. 

This Chapter has very comfortable quarters, and the pros- 
pects are favourable to a successful term. The books are in 
good shape under the pen of V. Ex. Comp C. R. Gummow 
and are posted to date. 

Inspiring addresses were given sounding the key-note of 
assistance and encouragement to our weaker Chapters. 

With the coming of better times, I have no doubt as to 
the future of this Chapter. 

In conclusion let me once more thank the Officers and 
members of the various Chapters for the courteous reception 
and treatment received at their hands. At all of my visits 
I was received with Grand Honours, as becomes the repre- 
sentative of the Grand Z, and also those of my own Chapter 
who so kindly accompanied me on my visitations, my District 
Secretary, R. Ex. Comp. Chas. L. Davidson supporting me 
throughout my whole term of office. The new acquaintancas 
and friends made will make this, my year of office, ever green 
in my memory. 

All of which is fraternally submitted, 

R. W. Nugent, 
Grand Supt. District No. 10, 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

I have the honour to submit my report as Grand Super- 
intendent for Prince Edward District No. 11 for the year 
1936 for your consideration. 

First I want to thank the Companions of the District for 
the honour conferred on me in electing me to the exalted 
position of Grand Superintendent, and to the Most Excellent 
the Grand Z. for confirmation of the same. 

My first pleasant duty was to appoint Ex. Comp. Dr. E. 
A. Carleton District Secretary, who proved a most capable 
officer, and accompanied me on all of my official visits. 

Official Visits. 

Presqu'ile Chapter No. 144, BRipHTON. — On April 28th 
I paid my first official visit to this Chapter. 

The H.RjA. Degree was conferred in a most creditable 
manner. I think a great deal of commendation is due this 
Chapter for the manner in which they have carried on with 
such a small membership. 

Prince Edward Chapter No. 31, Picton. — On May 11th 
I visited thisl Chapter. I was properly received by the Com- 
panions as the representative of the Most Ex. the Grand Z. 
There being no degree work before the Chapter, after some in- 
struction, and an examination of Scribe E.'s books, Which were 
neat and kept in an orderly manner, we repaired to the banquet 
hall where an hour was spent in addresses by the Companions. 

Madoc Chapter No. 161, Madoc. — I paid my official visit 
to this Chapter on September 28th. 

The H.R.A. Degree was conferred in a very pleasing man- 
ner by the officers. 

Moira Chapter No. 7, Belleville. — I visited this Chapter 
officially on October 6th. I was received with usual ceremony 
with which Moira Chapter carry out all their functions. The 
M.M. Degree was conferred in a splendid manner by the 
Officers, and the Scribe E. is to be congratulated on the neat 
and complete appearance of his books. 

St. Marks Chapter, No. 26, TRenton. — On October 
20th, I paid my official visit to this Chapter. My reception on 
this occasion was everything that could be desired. The M.E.M. 


Degree was exemplified most creditably, and the Officers and 
Companions are very enthusiastic in spite of depressed con- 

Quinte Friendship Chapter No. 227, Belleville. — I 
visited this Chapter on October 27th, accompanied by the 
usual retinue from Keystone Chapter. 

On this occasion the H.R.A. Degree was conferred. All 
the Officers are very proficient, and the work was performed 
with precision and solemnity. 

Mount Sinai Chapter No. 44, Napanee. — I paid my 
official visit to Mount Sinai Chapter on November 18th, in 
company with Ex. Comp. Carleton. We were most cordially 
welcomed and graciously received by the Officers and Com- 
panions. As there were no candidates for degrees, an hour 
was devoted to a demonstration of a, board of trial by 
three Past Principals of the Chapter, followed by a discus- 
sion which was most interesting and instructive. The Com- 
panions of the Chapter are very enthusiastic but applications 
are few consequently progress is slow. 

Keystone Chapter No. 72, Stirling. — This my mother 
Chapter, I visited officially on December 15th, it being in- 
stallation night. The ceremony was in charge of R. Ex. 
Comp. Dr. C. F. Walt, assisted by R. Ex. Comp. T. W. Solmes, 
each discharging his duties in a most capable manner, after 
which the newly installed Officers expressed their sentiments 
in regard to their new positions. After Chapter was closed 
in due form, we repaired to the banquet hall where the usual 
toasts were honoured and a most enjoyable time was spent. 

On May 5th, Prince Edward District was honoured with 
a visit from Most. Ex. Comp. Geo. L. Gardiner, Grand Z, and 
R. Ex. Comp. W. Y. Mills, Grand H. There were fourteen 
Past Grand Superintendents of the District present on this 
occasion, and we were favoured with a wonderful address 
by the Most Excellent the Grand Z. 

The District Divine Service was held in Trenton from St. 
Marks Chapter on iSeptember 20th with a very large attend- 
ance from all over the District. 

While we regret the loss in numbers again this year, I 
must say that the Officers of every Chapter in the District 
are very enthusiastic, and are endeavouring to make the 
meetings as interesting as possible, and all are looking for- 


ward to better results for the coming year. All statistical 
reports are given in the special table. 

In conclusion I wish to express my sincere thanks to the 
Officers and Companions of the District for their hearty co- 
operation during my term of office, and I bespeak for my 
successor the same kindness and courtesy that has been ex- 
tended to me. 

All of which is respectfully and fraternally submitted. 

G. B. Bedford, 
Grand Supt. Prince Edward District No. 11. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of the Royal Ar oh Masons of Canada: 

I have the honour to forward my report on the condition 
of Capitular Masonry in the St. Lawrence District No. 12, 
and the statistical report, which I am happy to say shows 
somewhat smaller shrinkage in membership than in previous 
years, yet there is much satisfaction that the present mem- 
bership represents a true, and active, as well as, a character- 
istic Masonic personal, which is considered favourable for 
the future. 

As for attendance, some improvement might be in order, 
and it is for the Officers and Principals, as well as Past 
Principals, to devote some study of the question of making 
convocations attractive and instructive to members. Let us not 
forget it is our duty to impart light and knowledge to our 
brethren. This perhaps would make our meetings as attrac- 
tive as anything. The forms of amusement outside our as- 
semblies are at present of such an order one could not com- 
pete with it within the limits of our Order, and there is a 
consciousness that the Masonic Order can supply plenty of 
information of benefit to society, when the general attitude 
in many quarters! of the earth point to those principles, and 
ethics which are subversive to and have no regard for prin- 
ciples of integrity, and indeed point to, and raise no higher 
than atheism. 

A Chapter of Instruction had not been held in the Dis- 
trict, and there had been a feeling among the Principals from 
the time our Grand First Principal assumed office, that he 
might be invited to a District gathering. And we are happy 
to state this took place at Brockville, on May 6th, 1936, when 
nearly every Chapter in the District was represented, and 
the most instructive and inspiring address delivered to our 
Masonic 'bodies within the recollection of those who were 

M. Ex. Comp. Gardiner was accompanied on this occasion 
by R. Ex. Comp. W. Y. Mills, Grand H., who is a member 
of our District, and whom we are always delighted to hear. 
He puts life into a meeting and it is always said he has got 
something worthwhile. 

On May 12th, 1936, I visited Grenville Chapter No. 22, 
Prescott, Ontario. 


The Degree of the Most Excellent Master was exemplified 
in a manner which left no room for criticism, as has been the 
experience of former visitors. 

The records and books of the Chapter are most admir- 
ably kept, and its long history is most interesting, especially 
the Book of Marks, which I think dates back and is complete 
from the inception of the Chapter. 

The official visit to Covenant Chapter No. 113, Cornwall, 
Ontario, was made May 20th, 1936. 

The Degree of the Holy Royal Arch was conferred on a 
candidate in a most pleasing and thorough manner. 

The Chapter Room is complete with all paraphernalia for 

Comp. Reid, the Scribe E., is a most painstaking Officer 
in his work, and the records are such that in future years it 
will be a (pleasure and source of information to point to the 

Your Grand Superintendent was invited to Officially visit 
Maitland Chapter No. 68, South Augusta, Ontario, on July 
16th, 1936. 

This Chapter has not enjoyed very good attendance by 
its members for some years, and an effort was made last 
year to move the Charter from North Augusta to South 
Augusta, where it was thought attendance would be better, 
and a few candidates obtain, which reports will show, was a 
point well taken. Consent having been obtained, the Charter 
was moved and the meetings are now being held regularly in 
St. James Lodge Room, South Augusta, in the Third Conces- 
sion of Elizabethtown, Ontario. 

Four applications for affiliation were received at this 
meeting, the Officers residing some distance from the place 
of meeting, and having had no candidates for some years. 
However, several visits to the Chapter, and several new offi- 
cers having been elected, have satisfied your Grand Superin- 
tendent that his successor will witness work equal to the 
average, or better. 

The records of this Chapter are fair. 

Hospitality in this gold old Chapter leaves nothing to 
be desired, and you Grand iSuperintendent was received in 
a most fitting manner. This Chapter has been visited sev- 
eral times each year for many years by a few of the Brock- 
ville members, and some very close companionships formed. 

The official visit to St. Lawrence Chapter No. 100, and 
Sussex Chapter No. 59 was made October 1st, 1936, they 


being located in the same town, occupying the same Chapter 
Room and much of the paraphernalia owned jointly; thus 
it goes without saying that the good fraternal relationship be- 
tween them needs no emphasis at this time. 

The dignified and cordial manner with which the Grand 
Superintendent was received and welcomed testifies to the 
conception of the Royal Craft held by their members. 

The Official visit to Ancient Frontenac and Cataraqui 
Chapter No. 1, Kingston, Ontario, was made November 20th, 
1936, in company with a few members from St. Lawrence 
Chapter and Sussex Chapter of Brockville. 

The Grand Superintendent was very properly introduced 
by R. Ex. Comp Milne and R. Ex. Comp W. Y. Mills. It held 
nothing to compare with that of the Grand Superintendent's 
affection and esteem for them. 

This meeting was the occasion of the Election of Officers, 
and receiving reports. This is a feature somewhat different 
to that of any other Chapter in the District, who as a rule 
present the annual reports on the occasion of Installation of 
Officers, and it has always appealed to me as a better oppor- 
tunity for receiving reports, as it affords more time for con- 
sidering same. 

The records of this Chapter are a revelation to one who 
has an opportunity to inspect them, and they are most care- 
fully looked after by the Scribe E., who is an asset to the 

Accompanied by several members from Brockville, the 
Official visit to Leeds Chapter No. 132, Cananoque, Ontario, 
was made Friday, December 4th, 1936. 

Like the visit to my two home Chapters, there was no 
work. Candidates have been difficult to get and this Chapter 
has not had a candidate for a long time. The Officers were 
very proficient in the opening and closing ceremonies. 

This being the night of Installation of Officers, R. Ex. 
Comp. J. J. Davis conducted the ceremony with my assist- 

Ex. Comp. Wright, who has been a most efficient Scribe 
E. of the Chapter for a number of years and kept most com- 
plete records, finds it impossible to carry on, and a worthy 
successor has been invested in the person of Ex. Comp. Clow. 

I visited St. John's Chapter No. 112, Morrisburg, On- 
tario, on Friday, December 18th, 1936. 

The Grand Superintendent was received with Grand 
Honours and made most welcome. 


After the closing a number of Master Masons were in- 
vited to the banquet, where the necessity of completing their 
Masonic Degrees was 'brought to their attention. 

The records of the Scribe E., R. Ex. Comp. Dr. Davy, are 
of much interest, giving a most complete history of the Chap- 
ter work and its members. 

Fraternally submitted, 

Wm. Root, 
Grand Supt. St. Lawrence District No. 12. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

In submitting my report on the Condition of Capitular 
Masonry in the Ottawa District for the year 1936, I wish to 
express the very great pleasure which this privilege gives me. 

I wish to take the opportunity of tendering to the 
Companions of the Ottawa District my grateful appreciation 
of the honour conferred on me in electing me to represent the 
Most Excellent the Grand First Principal in the District, and 
to the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal, who confirmed 
my election as Grand Superintendent of the District. The in- 
terest shown in my work as Grand Superintendent by the Com- 
ponions of the Ottawa District, has made my year in office 
one which will never be forgotten, and has shown me that 
the helping hand of Love always reaching out will overcome 
the greatest of obstacles. 

They have made my year the happiest of my Masonic life. 

I was most fortunate in the selection of my District Sec- 
retary Ex. Camp. J. Emerson Kyle, a Past Z. of Kitchener 
Chapter No. 210. His services were at all times given cheer- 
fully and in full, having attended every visit, and driving me 
always. No one could be more faithful or attentive. Alto- 
gether we have driven 1,681 miles, and in every case we 
were favoured with fine weather and good roads. 

On October 16th the Chapter rooms of St. Francis Chap- 
ter No. 133 were dedicated by Grand Chapter, composed 
of M. Ex. Comp. Geo. L. Gardiner, Grand Z, R. Ex. Comp. 
William Y. Mills, G.H, R. Ex. Comp. Sidney S. Forbes, G.J, 
M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, Grand Scribe E., myself as 
Grand Superintendent, and other Officers from St. Francis 
Chapter. This ceremony was very impressive, the attendance 
was good, Companions coming from great distances to at- 
tend, the addresses given by the Grand Council and Grand 
Scribe E. being of a high order. The meeting was presided 
over by Ex. Comp. Geo. A. Phillips, Jr., First Principal of 
the Chapter. 

Church services were held in three sections of the Dis- 
trict by Kitchener Chapter in Russell, Laurentian Chapter 
in Pembroke, and by Prince of Wales Chapter in Perth. 

My first visit was to Dochert Chapter No. 248, in Arn- 
prior, on Monday, May 4th. 


I was introduced by Ex. Comp. McLean and cordially re- 
ceived by Ex. Comp. J. 0. Gardner. 

The work of the evening was the Royal Arch Degree, 
which was conferred on Bro. 'A. H. Pepper. The work was 
well done by the officer. They also had an application at this 
meeting. The Ex. Z is a good officer, as is the Scribe, Comp. 
H. C. Gardner. The finances are in good shape, although 
they have considerable dues outstanding. Altogether the 
Chapter is advancing with prospects fair. 

May 14th I visited Granite Chapter No. 61, in Almonte. 

I was introduced by R. Ex Comp. W. M. Johnson, and 
was welcomed cordially by the Ex. Z, Ex. Comp. C. Robert- 
son. The work of the evening was the Royal Arch Degree, 
which was conferred on Bro. C. 0. Sutton, several of the Past 
Principals taking part. The books are well kept by Comp. 
E. J. Lee, Scribe E. 

As would be expected, the work was well done, and the 
candidate got the explanation in a manner which could not 
be improved. 

This Chapter has lost in numbers through suspensions. 

Monday, May 18, I visited Prince of Wales Chapter No. 
226, in Perth. I was introduced byi V. Ex. Comp. Frank 
Hutchinson, and cordially received and welcomed by Ex. 
Comp. W. H. Bradley, the First Principal. 

The work of the evening was the Royal Arch Degree, the 
candidate Bro. Antony Rubino, who was fortunate in having 
such a set of Officers confer the degree. I considered it was 
perfection and the candidate followed it very closely. R. Ex. 
Comps. J. J. Gardiner, A. L. McGregor and C. M. ■ Forbes 
taking part, each one doing his work perfectly. I have had 
the pleasure of meeting the candidate at five or six of my 
meetings, showing the interest he is taking in the work. Visi- 
tors were present from Carleton Chapter No. 16, St. Francis 
Chapter No. 113, Kitchener Chapter No. 210 and Fairmont 
Chapter No. 14, Montreal, Que. 

The books and records are well kept by the efficient Scribe 
E, Comp. H. A. Dunne, the prospects are fair, dues are paid 
the best of any in the District, and financial condition is good. 

Wednesday, May 20, I made my Official visit to Carleton 
Chapter No. 16. 

I was introduced by R. Ex. Comp. John Gray of Carle- 
ton Chapter, who was Principal Sojourner of Carleton Chap- 
ter when I was Exalted in 1916. Ex. Comp. L. N. Wadlin, 


as First Principal, received me with a few well chosen and 
happy words. 

Again the Royal Arch was the work for the evening. In 
this case there were two candidates for Exaltation. Again 
the work was well done, leaving nothing to be desired. 

Carleton Chapter having the largest membership of any 
in the Ottawa District, it would be expected that there would 
be many members of distinction on its registry. In this we 
were not disappointed, there being many; R. Ex. Comp Fred 
Smith being the only one holding office on the Executive 
Committee. To name them all would take too much space 
here, but without exception they are the sinews of Capitular 
Masonry along with many other Past Grand Superintendents, 
and without their continued support Masonry would languish. 

This Chapter is, as well as having the largest membership, 
also the most wealthy. Their membership has gone down 
somewhat by reason of deaths, but the future looks good. 

My visit to Glengarry Chapter No. 143 in Maxville was 
Friday, May 22nd. 

I was introduced by V. Ex. Comp. D. P. McDiarmaid and 
warmly welcomed by Ex. Comp R. A. Stewart, First Princi- 
pal. The work of the evening was the M.E.M. Degree when 
two of the brethren were Received and Acknowledged as 
Most Excellent Masters. This Chapter is fortunate in hav- 
ing at its head such an Officer as Ex. Comp. Stewart. The 
degree was worked so well that I asked them to exemplify it 
at the Chapter of Instruction, but owing to their modesty 
they declined. 

This Chapter which for some time, like others in this 
District, had been without material, seems to have gone over 
the top. It is one of the few showing a gain in membership. 
The books and records are all in good order, being well kept 
by the Scribe E. V. Ex. Comp. D. P. McDiarmaid. 

Wednesday, June 3rd, I officially visited Maple Chapter 
No. 116 at Carleton Place. 

In this case I had the honour of being introduced by the 
oldest Grand Superintendent of the District in the person 
of R. Ex. Comp. D. H. Mcintosh, who was either the first or 
the second Grand Superintendent of Ottawa District, now 
well over eighty years young. I was cordially welcomed by 
Ex. Comp. J. G. Craig, one of whom I had known twenty- 
eight years ago, and had not seen since. This was an added 

Not having a candidate the Mark Master Mason Degree 
was exemplified. The work was well up to standard, show- 


ing that although they have not had any candidates this year 
the Officers are conversant with the same. In Ex. Comp. 
Menzies the Chapter has a very efficient Scribe E. 

We spent a very profitable and pleasant hour around the 
festive board. R. Ex. Comp. Forbes being in his element, gave 
us a very nice after-dinner talk. R. Ex. Comp. Fred Smith 
and myself stressing the necessity of being well represented 
at Grand Chapter. 

Financially this Chapter is in good shape with dues well 
paid up. Membership shows neither loss or gain. 

On Friday, June 19th, I visited officially St Francis 
Chapter No. 133 in Smiths Falls. 

R. Ex. Comp. J. J. Gardiner, Past Grand Scribe N., being 
the only high ranking officer present, owing to other meetings 
that evening, I was introduced by V. Ex. Comp. T. S. Mc- 
Donald, and graciously welcomed by the Ex. Z. Ex. Comp. 
George A. Phillips, Jr. The Most Excellent Master Degree 
was exemplified. The Officers are good and capable and 
needless to say, the work was of a high standard. In Ex. 
Comp. Phillips, St. Francis has an Officer of high qualities, 
with a likable disposition, and great worker. 

The Chapter Room and waiting rooms are of the best, 
with lots of accommodation. 

The office of Scribe E. is in good hands with V. Ex. Comp. 
McDonald in that office. 

This Chapter has, through suspensions, withdrawals and 
deaths, lost this year 16, the most of any Chapter in the Dis- 
trict. The suspensions may be regained. Finances are fine, 
dues well collected. 

St. John's Chapter, No. 148. — I visited this Chapter on 
Friday, September 4th, I was introduced by Ex. Comp. D. A. 
Irvine, Scribe E., and fittingly welcomed by the I.P.Z., Ex. 
Comp. D. A. Mclnsh, who in the absence of the Ex. Comp. 
First Principal, Ex. Comp. D. S. McPhee, occupied the chair. 

Not having a candidate there was no degree work done. 

I was sorry that the Ex. Z was not present, as I am led 
to believe he is a capable officer (as he was on his honeymoon 
we did not blame him for his absence) but wish him a long 
and happy life with the lady of his choice. 

This Chapter shows a decrease of two during the year, 
but now have applications to bring them up again, finances 
are good, with dues nearly all in, showing good work by the 
Scribe E. whose books are well kept. 


Laurentian Chapter No. 151, Pembrone, Ont. — This 
Chapter is situated the most distant of any, being in the 
Northwest parts of the District. My visit was on Thursday, 
September 17th. 

The furnishings of the Chapter Room are rich, possibly 
the best in the District, but for some years they have not 
had any material thus leaving it to the old and tried Officers 
and members to carry on, which I am pleased to report that 
they are doing. Their last notice shows that they have a 
candidate to ballot on and I trust that it is only the beginning 
of a brighter day for them ; they deserve it. 

I was introduced by R. Ex. Comp. Cecil M. Bailey and 
welcomed by the Ex. Z, Ex. Comp. A. E. Smith. 

I also had the added pleasure of presenting a Past Prin- 
cipal's Jewel to Ex. Comp. V. E. Ives, I.P.Z. 

The friendliness of these Companions is hard to equal, 
let alone surpass. Finances are an good shape. 

Bonnechere Chapter No. 114. — This Chapter was ofi> 
cially visited on September 21st. 

I was introduced by Ex. Comp. Dr. iS. Murphy in a very 
feeling manner, and the Ex. Z, Ex. Comp. H. W. Mayhew, 
gave me a very kind welcome from the Chapter. 

Not having a candidate of their own, they conferred the 
M.M.M. Degree on a candidate for Exaltation in Dochert 
Chapter No. 248. I must say that the Officers carried the 
degree through to my entire satisfaction, and Ex. Comp. 
Mayhew is to be congratulated on the work of himself and 
Officers, who are all Z's or Past Z's. 

This Chapter as well as some others had not had candi- 
dates for some time, but are living in hope of better times. 
Their quarters are fine. The membership has decreased by 
two deaths during the year. There is considerable dues in 
arrears, but the finances are good. 

Kitchener Chapter No. 210. — I officially visited my 
own Chapter on Friday, October 2nd. I was introduced by 
Ex. Comp. L. W. Latimer, I.P.D.D.M. of Ottawa District in 
a few well chosen words. The welcome extended me by Ex. 
Comp. J. L. Steele, Ex. First Principal, left nothing to be 
desired. Kitchener Chapter not now having a candidate, one 
of the Companions acted as a candidate for Exaltation, along 
with one of the Officers The degree was exemplified as it 
should be, the Officers being very proficient in the work. 


This Chapter has gained one during the year, two Exal- 
tations and one death. )The dues are on an average of pay- 
ment, but might be improved. Prospects of Chapter fair. 

Ottawa Chapter No. 222. — 1 visited Ottawa officially 
on Monday, October 19th. This being my last official visit and 
I think the best. The attendance was the greatest and there 
were so many of the past Officers present that it would be im- 
possible to name them. I was introduced by V. Ex. Comp. J. 
Anderson, who is a past master in this art. Ex. Comp. McLeod 
welcomed me very cordially to the Chapter. The work was 
the conferring of the M.M.M. degree, the first this year, 
and the work of the Officers was near perfection. R. Ex. 
Comp. E. J. McCleery with Comp. W. A. Kruger demon- 
strated the examination of a M.M.M. which was extremely 
well done. 

This Chapter is most fortunate in having V. Ex. Comp. 
A. H. McKee as their Scribe E, and a great deal of the suc- 
cess can be credited to him. He is untiring in his work for 
the Chapter. Would that we had many more like him. A 
considerable sum of dues is outstanding, but considering the 
membership not above the average. The Chapter has fair 

I also had the pleasure of visiting Glengarry Chapter No. 
143 at Maxville on Friday, September 25th, with Officers of 
Kitchener Chapter No. 210, who conferred the Holy Royal 
Arch Degree on one of their candidates, Bro. Carmen J. 
Campbell. The degree was well done, Ex. Comp. Pescod 
having travelled from Carp to take part in the work. 

A Chapter of Instruction was held in Ottawa on January 
23rd under the auspices of Ottawa Chapter No. 222, work- 
ing in concord with the Officers of Carleton Chapter No. 16, 
circumstances having made it impossible to hold it in Nov- 
ember as at first intended. 

We were fortunate in having the best of roads and the 
finest of weather, also by being favoured with the presence 
at all the sessions of R. Ex. Comp. William Y. Mills, Grand 
2nd Principal H. of the Grand Council, which added greatly 
to the success of the Convocation. 

One hundred Companions signed the register, thirteen 
Chapters were represented, there were eleven Past Grand 
Chapter Officers present, with five sitting First Principals. 
The gathering was an enthusiastic one throughout, and it 
is hoped that it will result in a revived interest in Capitular 
Masonry in the District. 


After each Exemplification discussion was called for, when 
several Companions took part. In each case R. Ex. Comp. 
Mills took part, asking questions as well as giving answers. 

Toasts were given to the Grand H, proposed by R. Ex. 
Comp. Fred G. Smith, and responded to by the Grand H. 
in person, R. Ex. Comp. W. Y. Mills, of Kingston, Ont. 

The M.M.M. Degree was Exemplified by Officers of Ot- 
tawa Chapter No. 222, with Ex. Comp. G. A. McLeod as 
Wor. Master. 

The Most Excellent Master Degree was Exemplified by 
Officers of Carleton Chapter No. 16, with Ex. Comp. F. A 
McDiarmaid as Wor. Master. 

The Holy Royal Arch Degree was Exemplified by Officers 
of Prince of Wales Chapter No. 226 and St. Francis Chapter 
No. 133. In the chairs were Ex. Comp. W. H. Bradley as 
Z., Ex. Comp. Geo. A. Phillip of St. Francis Chapter as H., R. 
Ex. Comp. J. J Gardiner as I.P.Z., Ex. Comp. E. H. Cuth- 
bertson as J., the other Officers being divided among the 

Saturday evening, March 20th, 1937, was a memorable 
one for the Companions of Carleton Chapter No. 16, of 
Ottawa, Ont., as on that occasion they were hosts to Com- 
panions of Fairmount Chapter No 14, R.A.M., Grand Chap- 
ter of Quebec. 

R. Ex. Comps. John Gray and Alex Grant of Carleton 
Chapter introduced the visiting Companions, stating that this 
was the first occasion that Carleon Chaper had the pleasure 
of welcoming the Companions from their Sister Chapter in 
Montreal, Que. 

Ex. Comp. George Whyte occupied the First Principal's 
chair, and filled the other chairs with his own Officers, ex- 
emplifying the Degree of the Holy Royal Arch. 

In the banquet hall a royal repast was served. The toast 
to the Grand Chapter of Canada was proposed by Ex. Comp. 
Nickel, of Fairmont Chapter No. 14, and replied to by R. Ex. 
Comp. A. Walker, of Kitchener €hapter No. 210, of Russell 
The toast to the Grand Chapter of Quebec was proposed by 
R. Ex. Comp. Fred G. Smith, of Carleton Chapter, replied to 
by Ex. Comp. Geo. Whyte. 

In conclusion, allow me to record the great debt I owe 
to those Past Grand Superintendents of the Ottawa District 
who, one and all, have so ably assisted me during my year 
in office. I have come to value them in their true light, 
that of the bulwark of the order, some like the stars reflect 


the glory of the sun more than others, but all do their part 
in building up society and leaving a high mark for others to 
strive after. 

Now may I ask for my successor the same true helpful- 
ness which you have so freely given me? 

Respectfully and fraternally submitted, 

A. Walker, 
Grand Supt. Ottawa District No 13. 

Russell, Ont. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

It is with pleasure and satisfaction that I herewith sub- 
mit my report on Capitular Masonry in Algoma District No. 
14 for the year 1936, and a great deal of pleasure in recog- 
nition of the signal honour bestowed upon me in electing me 
to the exalted office of Grand Superintendent of the District, 
and I wish here to take this opportunity to thank the mem- 
bers of my own Chapter in proposing me for that high office, 
and all other Chapters of the District for their unanimous 
support of my nomination, and later for the loyal co-opera- 
tion and support which I have received from the Officers 
of every Chapter in the District. At all times correspond- 
ence has been attended to promptly, and any information 
required has been supplied to me without delay. 

I also wish to extend my sincere appreciation to the 
Grand Z. for his confirmation of my appointment. 

In consideration of the fact that no degree work was 
available at any of the Chapters on the occasion of my offi- 
cial visits it is impossible for me to report on the manner in 
which the degree work is carried on in the individual Chap- 
ters, but from the keeness and efficiency of the Officers in 
performing other work in the Chapters I can only assume 
that degree work would be dealt with in an equally capable 
and efficient manner. 

Capitular Masonry in Algoma District has been passing 
through several years of very trying times. We have had 
very few new members available for exaltation, and many 
older members because of loss of employment and other ad- 
verse circumstances, have been finding it extremely difficult 
to maintain themselves in good standing, and for that reason 
have either found it necessary to withdraw from their Chap- 
ters, or have become very irregular in their attendance at 
the convocations. This situation has been recognized and 
met so far as is at all possible, by the officers of all the Chap- 
ters and every possible effort has been made, and is being 
made to encourage and help the more unfortunate members 
who have found themselves unable to carry on because of 
straightened circumstances. 

To that faithful few in every Chapter, whose names may 
be found on the registry books at nearly every convocation 


and who have worked so earnestly and faithfully in the face 
of the most discouraging conditions during the past few 
years, and have successfully weather the storm, I wish to 
acknowledge my sincerest appreciation for work well and 
faithfully done. 

The greatest degree of satisfaction I feel, in submitting 
this my report, is the firm belief I have that the darkest days 
and most trying times are now past throughout our whole 
District, and that we may now confidently look forward to 
more happy and prosperous times in the future, and each 
and every Chapter has so managed its affairs that it now 
finds itself in that fortunate position of being able to take 
full advantage of all the good things so justly earned by the 
unremitting efforts of those who have carried on and re- 
fused to acknowledge defeat during the most trying times. 

All the Officers are keen and alert, the books and records 
are all maintained in excellent condition, and with the re- 
turn of more normal and prosperous times, I with every con- 
fidence now make the prediction that Capitular Masonry in 
Algoma District No. 14 is destined to become more and more 
a real influence for good throughout the whole community. 

All of which is respectfully and fraternally submitted. 

A. A. Cameron. 
Grand Supt. Algoma District No. 14. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

I am very happy to have the honour to report on the 
activity during my year as District Superintendent of New 
Ontario District No. 15. 

I have already expressed in various ways to the several 
Chapters of the District my sincere appreciation for the 
trust reposed in me but I now wish to record the same in this 
report and to express my gratitude to the Grand Chapter 
Officers who saw fit to register their approval of my election 
by installing and investing me into this office. 

When I entered upon my term of office I was filled with 
no little fear and apprehension but I soon learned that there 
was nothing to fear, that the Companions were very tolerant 
and from the assistance I received and the manner in which 
I was received wherever I went I learned in a very real way 
how dearly masons love one another. 

One of my first duties was to appoint a very zealous and 
faithful Companion of St. John's Chapter, in the person of 
Ex. Comp. J. Milligan as my Secretary, who has been a con- 
stant help to me. 


St. John's Chapter No. 103, North Bay, Ontario. — 
I paid an official visit to this Chapter on the occasion of 
its regular convocation in September. I was formally intro- 
duced and received with grand honours. The work of the 
evening consisted of conferring the Royal Arch Degree. The 
Officers were particularly well skilled and it was inspiring 
for me to be able to view the work from an angle that I had 
never occupied before. 

Again on December 3rd I attended the above Chapter in 
an official capacity when I installed and invested its officers 
for the ensuing year. 

Algonquin Chapter No. 102, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. — 
I attended this Chapter on the occasion of an 
emergent meeting on December 4th. From the moment 
our feet first trod on the outer courts of their fair 
city until our final departure the following day, the Com- 
panions of Algonquin Chapter ceased not to demonstrate to 
us what good-fellowship really meant. Before the more 
serious side of the function was reached, a banquet of no 


mean proportions was served in their Temple. I was glad 
to see many visitors present from the Chapter on the Ameri- 
can side, thus showing the happy international aspect of our 
Order. After the festivities I was introduced in the Chapter 
Room and received with Grand Honours. The Royal Arch 
Degree was conferred in a most impressive manner and I 
had only to congratulate the Officers on the excellence of their 

Tuscan Chapter No. 95, Sudbury, Ontario. — On De- 
cember the 8th I attended this Chapter on the occasion of its 
regular convocation. I was most heartily received and accorded 
Grand Honours, and then I had the pleasure of witnessing 
the installation and investiture of its officers by R. Ex. Comp. 
Stephenson. This ceremony was exceptionally well per- 
formed after which a very happy social was enjoyed around 
the festive board. 

In all visitations I endeavoured to carry out the instruc- 
tions issued from the Office of Grand Scribe E. 

In all the Chapters mentioned I am happy to report that 
I found the Officers well skilled and working in harmony, 
the general regalia and records in good order and the spirit 
of Capitular Masonry of the highest, in all cases exerting a 
silent but potent influence for good in the community. 

I have not visited Pembroke Chapter but I hope to do so 
yet before my term of office expires. The membership of this 
Chapter is so widely scattered that it is difficult for them 
to get a quorum. However its finances are good, it is very 
well equipped and the spirit is there, and I hope the day 
will soon come when circumstances will again make this a 
more active Chapter. 

I regret that I have not been able to hold a Chapter of 
Instruction, which we all consider so beneficial. My ordinary 
duties keep me away from home most of the summer months 
which is about the only time such a gathering could be staged 
owing to the great distance between the Chapters of the Dis- 

In conclusion may I say that my experience in this office 
has been a very pleasant one and I can only wish my suc- 
cessor the support and happy relations that I have enjoyed. 

Respectfully and fraternally submitted, 

E. L. Moore, 
Grand Supt., New Ontario District No. 15. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

I have great pleasure in submitting- my report on the con- 
dition of Capitular Masonry in Temiskaming District No. 16 
for the year 1936. First, let me express my appreciation of 
the honour conferred on me by the District as a whole in 
electing me to the Office of Grand 'Superintendent, and to the 
Most Ex. the Grand Z. for his confirmation of their choice. 

My first duty was to appoint a District Secretary in the 
person of Ex. Comp. Geo. L. Cameron, a Past Principal of 
Abitibi Chapter No. 223, who throughout my term has ful- 
filled his duties faithfully and efficiently, accompanying me 
on many of my official visits. His support has been untiring 
and the manner in which he attended to the clerical duties 
has been of incalculable assistance and any success that may 
have attended my efforts has been helped a great deal by his 
efforts and devotion. 

My official visits were as follows : — 

Cochrane Chapter, No. 224, Cochrane. — I paid my offi- 
cial visit on May 12, 1936, and installed the Second Principal. 
I was introduced by V. Ex. Comp. Hobson and warmly re- 
ceived by Ex. Comp. Ivy . This Chapter is unfortunate in 
that nearly all its members live out of town with exception of 
about twenty and of these, they are mostly railway workers, 
and it is hard for them to get a quorum together. However, 
Ex. Comp. Stopps is now Scribe E. and Ex. Comp. Lafdlaw 
First Principal, and we are all hoping that things will break 
better for this Chapter this year. 

Northern Lights Chapter No. 213, Timmins. — I vis- 
ited this Chapter on May 20, 1936, and was introduced by 
R. Ex. Comp. C. Ramsey and very warmly received by Ex. 
Comp. Shantz. The M.M.M. Degree was exemplified and 
great credit is due the officers for the manner in which it 
was conferred. 

Although this Chapter is 48 miles from my home I have 
been able to visit it four times. This Chapter has been idle 
for some time now but am glad to say that in January, 1937, 
There will be two candidates for the M.M.M. Degree. In 
December I installed their Officers and I am sure that Nor- 
thern Lights Chapter is once more on the move and you can 
expect a very favourable report of this Chapter next year. 


Cobalt Chapter No. 203, Cobalt.— On June 2nd I jour- 
neyed to Cobalt and was very pleased with the enthusiastic 
manner in which I was received. I was introduced by R. 
Ex. Comp. Todd, who performed his duties in a very pleas- 
ing manner. On the morning following my visit, the Com- 
panions showed Mrs. Jones and myself through the O'Brien 
Silver Mine, which was very much appreciated and enjoyed. 
The financial standing of this Chapter is very good although 
the prospects for new candidates are poor. 

Temiskaming Chapter No. 169, New Liskeard.— On 
June 3rd I visited this Chapter, and was introduced by V. 
Ex. Comp. Dr. McCullough and was very kindly received by 
Ex. Comp. Allen, who expressed his pleasure at being able 
to receive the representative of the Most Ex. the Grand Z. 
We had a very enjoyable evening and like all good things it 
had to come to an end. This Chapter is in very capable 
hands and while they are not very busy with candidates they 
are still forcing ahead in other ways. 

Kirkland Chapter No. 251, Kirkland Lake. — My Offi- 
cial visit to this Chapter on June 17, 1936, will long be re- 
membered by myself and the fifteen Companions from my 
Chapter (Abitibi) who accompanied me on that occasion. At 
7 p.m. we were entertained at a banquet and later I was most 
kindly received by Ex. Comp. Roy Bilsbrough, First Princi- 
pal. They conferred the Holy Royal Arch Degree on four 
candidates and I was more than pleased with the excellent 
manner in which the work was done: although this is the 
baby Chapter of our District, they certainly are showing 
some of the older Chapters the way to do things. The pros- 
pects of this Chapter are excellent, and no doubt R. Ex. Comp. 
Hawley has a lot to do with the success of this Chapter. 
After the meeting was closed we started homeward and it 
had rained steadily for about three days and needless to say 
the Ferguson Highway was in prime condition; it usually 
takes us an hour and a half to go to Kirkland Lake, although 
it took us four hours to travel back home that night. 

Abitibi Chapter No. 223, Iroquois Falls.— This is my 
Mother Chapter and I will long remember the very kind re- 
ception I received here on September 25, 1936, by Ex. Comp. 
Mansell. It was introduced by Ex. Comp. G. L. Cameron. We had 
a most enjoyable evening and finished up with a lovely ban- 
ciuet. This Chapter is in very capable hands and although 
they have not had a candidate in years yet there are very 
good prospects in the very near future. R. Ex. Comp. Frank 


K. Ebbitt and R. Ex. Comp. Jamesi R. Spence have done a 
lot to keep this Chapter on the map and I might say in pass- 
ing that Abitibi Chapter this year has furnished three lead- 
ing lights in the fraternal world with R. Ex. Comp. James 
R. Spence as District Deputy Grand Master of the Craft Lodge, 
Ex. Comp. A. A. Howard as District Deputy Grand Master 
of the Odd Fellows, and myself as Grand Superintendent of 
Royal Arch Masonry and Mrs. James R. Spence as District 
Deputy of the Worthy Grand Matron of the Order of the 
Eastern Star. This, I think, is unique as it is very doubtful 
whether Abitibi Chapter will be able to boast of this honour 

I had the great pleasure of installing the Officers of this 
Chapter in December and at that time they had two candid- 

On September 28, 1936, Abitibi Chapter 223, Iroquois 
Falls, had the pleasure of entertaining the Grand Z, M. Ex. 
Comp. G. L. Gardiner, accompanied by M Ex. Comp. Edwin 
Smith, Grand Scribe E. This took the form of a joint meet- 
ing and it was very largely attended. Great credit is due to 
Ex. Comp. Allen and Companions from Temiskaming Chap- 
ter, New Liskeard, who motored 150 miles each way to be 
with us. We were treated to a most inspiring address from 
our Grand First Principal and also from our Grand Scribe 
E. This is the first time for years that we have been able 
to entertain our Grand First Principal, and I could not begin 
to tell all the good such a visit does, and I sincerely hope that 
the incoming Grand First Principal will find time during his 
term of office to visit the North as we certainly do appre- 
ciate these meetings. 

In conclusion I wish to express my sincere thanks to my 
own Chapter for the many favours they have extended to me 
and the loyal support they have given me which was so 
tangibly expressed by fifteen Companions accompanying me 
on my trip to Kirkland Lake, also to Cochrane and Timmins. 
I sincerely hope that the confidence placed in me by the Com- 
panions of the District has not been misplaced. I would like 
to see the same courtesy, kindness and loyal support as af- 
forded me bestowed on my successor. 

Respectfully and fraternally submitted, 

Horace Jones, 
Grand Supt. Temiskaming District No. 16. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of the\Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

In submitting my report for the year 1936, I must first 
express my sincere appreciation of the honour conferred on 
me by the Companions of Klondike Chapter No. 154, in elect- 
ing me to the office of Grand Superintendent for the Yukon 
Territory, and also for the confirmation of same from the 
Most Excellent the Grand Z. 

As this Chapter is the only one in this District, and being 
always present at each convocation, it seemed useless to ap- 
pear in my Official capacity, hence this was not attempted. 

And while but one convocation was held, and no degrees 
conferred, it being decidedly an off year for this Chapter, 
I do know, however, that when Work is put on it is rendered 
in the most capable and impressive manner; the regalia and 
paraphernalia appear in excellent condition; the books of 
the Chapter are properly kept, and the minutes ably recorded 
by our present Scribe E. 

Of late, I am sorry to report, there seems to be a growing 
indifference to Royal Craft Masonry in this District, but we 
are hopeful of creating a greater and more workable interest 
in this Chapter in the near future. 

It is with extreme sorrow that I am compelled to report 
the death during the past year of three of our worthy Com- 
panions whose names appear in the column of "Honoured 

Fraternally submitted, 

Samuel McCormick, 
Grand Supt. Yukon Territory, District No. 17. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. W. Y. Mills, seconded by 
M. Ex. Comp. W. H. Davis, and— 

Resolved, — That the reports of the Grand Superintendents of the 
Districts be referred to the Committee on Condition of Capitular Ma- 
sonry, to report later at this Convocation. 



Letters and telegrams conveying fraternal greetings and 
expressing regrets for non-attendance were received from: — 

Most Wor. Bro. A. J. Anderson, Grand Master, Grand 
Lodge, A.F. & A.M., Province of Ontario. 

R. Wor. Bro. Ewart G. Dixon, Acting Grand Secretary, 
A.F. & A.M., Province of Ontario. 

Most Eminent Sir Knight W. M. Archibald, Grand Master 
Great Priory of Canada. 

R. Ex. Comp. Cyril Macpherson, Grand Scribe E., Grand 
Chapter! Royal Arch Masons of Alberta. 

R. Ex. Comp. J. W. Prescott, Grand Scribe E., Grand Chap- 
ter Royal Arch Masons of British Columbia. 

Most Ex. Comp. W. R. Yule, Grand First Principal, Grand 
Chapter Royal Arch Masons of British Columbia. 

R. Ex. Comp. Geo. Syme, Grand Scribe E., Grand Chapter 
Royal Arch Masons of Manitoba. 

R. Ex. Comp. R. E. Crawford, Grand Scribe E., Grand 
Chapter Royal Arch Masons of New Brunswick. 

R. Ex. Comp. Francis B. Reilly, Grand Scribe E., Grand 
Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Saskatchewan. 

Most Ex. Comp. M. B. Jones, Gen. Grand High Priest, 
General Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of the United 
States of America. 

M. Ex. Comp. Chas. A. Conover, Grand Secretary, Grand 
Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Michigan. 

R. Ex. Comp. Walter L. Stock well, Grand Secretary, Grand 
Chapter Royal Arch Masons of North Dakota. 

Most Ex. Comp. Chas. D. McCracken, Grand Secretary, 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of New Jersey. 

Most Ex. Comp. Harry Gruen, P.G.H.P., Grand Chapter 
Royal Arch Masons of the State of Ohio. 

Most Ex. Comp. G. Percival Bard, Most Ex. Grand High 
Priest of the Grand Chapter, Connecticut. 

R. Ex. Comp. Joseph E. Quinby, the Grand Holy Royal 
Arch Chapter of Pennsylvania. 

R. Ex. Comp. M. E. Sherwood, Woodstock. 

R. Ex. Comp. R. H. Reid, Woodstock. 

R. Ex. Comp, Rt. Rev. C. A. Seager, London. 

The latter three, owing to the terrible flood conditions in 
Western Ontario. 

From Ancient Frontenac and Cataraqui Chapter, R.A.M., 
No. 1, Kingston, extending an invitation to Grand Chapter to 
hold their Eightieth Convocation in Kingston in 1938. 

All the above communications were ordered filed. 



Nominations were then called for by the Grand Z. for the 
elective officers of Grand Chapter, and the next place of 


To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., and Companions of the 

Grand Chapter of Canada: 

The Committee on Constitution, Laws and Jurisprudence 
beg to report as follows : — 

R. Ex. Comp. John Burden, Past Grand Superintendent, 
has given the following Notice of Motion, viz. : — 

1. (a) That Section 55 be repealed and the following sub- 
stituted therefore : — 

"55. The Grand Outer Guard shall be appointed by the 
Grand Z. 

(b) That the last sentence of Section 18 be repealed. 

2. (a) That Section 88 be amended by striking out the 
figures and words "30th November" in the sixth line thereof 
and substituting therefor the figures and words "31st day of 
January" ; and be further amended by striking out the figures 
and words "31st December" in! the last line thereof and sub- 
stituting therefor the figures and words "28th day of Febru- 

(b) That Sub-section 10 of Section 125 be amended by 
striking out the words "thirty-first day of December" in the 
first and second lines thereof, and substituting therefor the 
words "twenty-eighth day of February." 

(c) That Section 288 be amended by striking out the 
figures and words "30th day of November" in the eighth line 
thereof and substituting therefor the figures and words "31st 
day of January" ; and be further amended by striking out the 
figures and words "31st day of December" in the eleventh 
line thereof and substituting therefor the figures and words 
"28th day of February." 

3. That Section 173 be amended by striking out the word 
"November" in the second line thereof and substituting there- 
for the word "December" ; and be further amended by strik- 
ing out the word "next" in the eighth line thereof and by in- 
serting after the word "Convocation" in the eighth line the 
words "in January." 


4. (a) That Sub-section 25 of Section 125 be amended by 
striking out the figures and words "31st day of January" and 
substituting therefor the figures and words "28th day of 

(b) That Sub-section 26 of Section 125 be amended by 
striking out the figures and words "15th day of February" 
in the last line thereof and substituting therefor the figures 
and words "31st day of March." 

(c) That Section 141 be repealed and the following sub- 
stituted therefor: 

"141. Grand Chapter's financial year closes February 28th, 
that of the Chapters December 31st. The annual returns of 
all Chapters shall be forwarded to the Grand Scribe E. on or 
before January 31st." 

(d) That Section 220 be amended by striking out the 
figures and words "30th November" in the second line thereof, 
and substituting therefor the figures and words "31st Decem- 

(e) That "Guide to Scribes E." be amended by striking 
out the words and figures "November 30th" in the first line 
of paragraph two on page 88 and substituting therefor the 
words and figures "December 31st" ; and be further amended 
by striking out the words "immediately after the November 
Convocation" in the third and fourth lines of said paragraph 
two on page 88, and substituting therefor "on or before 
January 31st." 

(f) That "Rules respecting Grants for Benevolence" be 
amended by striking out the word "December" in the fourth 
line of Rule Number Three, on page 100, and in the third line 
of Rule Number Seven on page 102, and substituting therefor 
the word "January." 

5. That Sub-section 11 of Section 123 be amended by strik- 
ing out the word "January" in the third line thereof and sub- 
stituting therefor the word "February." 

6. (a) That Section 68 be repealed. 

(b) That Sub-section 1 of Section 120 be amended by de- 
leting that portion of the said sub-section following the word 
"committee" in the third line thereof. 

7. (a) That Section 11 be amended by adding after the 
line "The Grand Superintendent of the Seventeenth or Yukon 
Districts," the line "The Grand Chaplain." 

(b) That Section 13 be amended by adding after the line 
"The Grand Lecturer" the line "The Assistant Grand Chap- 


(c) That Section 13 be further amended by adding after 
the line "The Grand Director of Ceremonies" the line "The 
Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies." 

(d) That Sub-section 10 of Section 291 be amended by 
adding after the word "Director" in the third line thereof, 
the words "and Assistant Director." 

(e) That Section 62 be amended by adding after the word 
"Lecturer" in the first line thereof, the words "Assistant 
Grand Chaplain," and by adding after the word "Director" in 
the third line thereof, the words "and Assistant Director." 

(f) That the following Section be added after Section 123: 

"The Grand Chaplain shall be invested at the Annual Con- 
vocation. He shall, when practicable, attend all Convocations 
of Grand Chapter and offer prayer." 

(g) That Section 284 be amended by adding after the 
clause which designates the jewel of the past Grand Superin- 
tendents on page 74 the following: — 

"The Grand Chaplain and Assistant Grand Chaplain. 

The volume of the Sacred Law enclosed within a circle on 
a triangle." 

(h)That Section 284 be further amended by adding after 
the word "Director" in the eighth line on page 75, the words 
"and Assistant Director." 

8. (a) That Section 67 be amended by adding after the 
word "finance" in the third line thereof the word "invest- 

(b) That Sub-section 5 of Section 25 be amended by adding 
after Sub-section "D," the words "The report on investments." 

(c) That Sub-section 8 of Section 291 be amended by 
adding after the word "finance" in the third line thereof, the 
word "investments." 

9. I further give notice that, permission having been 
obtained pursuant to Section 289 of the Constitution, I will 
move, or cause to be moved, the following: — 

(a) That Sections 75, 76, 77, 78 and 79 be repealed and 
the following substituted therefor : 

"75. A Chapter may by its vote properly certified by the 
Z. and Scribe E. under seal, delegate any Past Z. (duly re- 
turned) of the Chapter and resident in the District in which 
the Chapter is situated, to represent it at any Convocation 
of Grand Chapter in the absence of the Z., H. and J. No 
proxy shall be valid unless it is passed in open Chapter, and 
the name of the Companion so delegated shall be written in 


the proxy previous to its being signed by the Z. and Scribe E. 
of the Chapter. 

"76. The names of the delegates from Chapters within the 
Province of Ontario shall be sent to the Grand Scribe E. at 
least fifteen days before, and from Chapters outside the 
Province of Ontario, at least thirty days before the Annual 
Convocation of Grand Chapter. 

"77. No Companion can represent more than one Chapter, 
except in Algoma District, where any Chapter in that District 
may appoint a proxy resident in that District who is not a 
member of the Chapter, but such Companion shall not repre- 
sent more than three Chapters, and in the Yukon District 
where any Chapter may appoint a proxy who is not a member 
of the Chapter nor a resident of that District." 

(b) That Sub-section 7 of Section 215 be amended by 
striking out the; figures "79" in the last line thereof and sub- 
stituting therefor the figures "76." 

Most Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, Grand Scribe E., has given 
the following Notice of Motion, viz.: — 

That Section 140 of the Constitution, page 40, 15th line, be 
amended by changing "For Constitutions, each 30" to read 
"For Constitutions, each 40." 

R. Ex. Comp. W. Y., Mills, Grand H., has given the follow- 
ing Notice of Motion, viz.: — 

That Section 281, page 73, be deleted, and the following 
paragraph substituted : — 

"The Jewel and Keystone of the Order are to be worn by 
Companions on the left breast either separately, or con- 
jointly on a gilt (or gold) and enamel Circle, suspended by a 
narrow crimson ribbon; for Principals and Past Z.'s of con- 
stituent Chapters crimson ribbon with a centre of light blue 
one-third the width; and for present and past officers of the 
Grand Chapter it may be tricolor corresponding with the 
collar; all jewels to be of gold or gilt." 

There is no legal objection to the above-mentioned motions 
going before the Grand Chapter. 

All of which is respectfully submitted, 
Fraternally yours, 

K. J. DUNSTAN, Chairman, 
Walter G. Price, 
Edwin Smith, 
W. H. Davis. 


It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. W. Y. Mills, seconded by 
M. Ex. Comp. Kenneth J. Dunstan, and — 

Resolved, — That the report of the Committee on Constitution, Laws 
and Jurisprudence, be received and adopted. 


To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Grand Chapter of Royal 
Arch Masons, Toronto. 

Your committee consisting of R. Ex. Comp. Llewellyn F. 
Stephens, V. Ex. Comp. W. B. Milliken, and R. Ex. Comp. J. 
M. Burden, appointed for the purpose of considering proposed 
amendments to the Constitution regarding appointment of 
proxies to the Grand Chapter, and also to recommend further 
amendments (if any), to the Constitution occasioned by the 
change in the date of Annual Convocation of Grand Chapter, 
beg to state that in their opinion the following changes are 
necessary and desirable, and recommend that the proper 
notices of motion be given for consideration by Grand 
Chapter: — 

1. That Section 55 be repealed and the following substituted there- 
for: — 

(a) "55. The Grand Outer Guard shall be appointed by the Grand Z." 

(b) That the last sentence of Section 18 be repeated. 

2. (a) That Section 88 be amended by striking out the figures and 
words "30th November" in the sixth line thereof and substituting there- 
for the figures the words "31st day of January"; and be further amended 
by striking out the figures and words "31st December" in the last line 
thereof and substituting therefor the figures and words "28th day of 

(b) That Sub-section 10 of Section 125 be amended by striking out 
the words "thirty-first day of December" in the first and second lines 
thereof, and substituting therefor the words "twenty-eighth day of 

(c) That Section 288 be amended by striking out the figures and words 
"30th day of November" in the eighth line thereof and substituting there- 
for the figures and words "31st day of January"; and be further amended 
by striking out the figures and words "31st day of December" in the 
eleventh line thereof and substituting therefor the figures and words 
"28th day of February". 

3. That Section 173 be amended by striking out the word "November" 
in the second line thereof and substituting therefor the word "December" ; 
and be further amended by striking out the word "next" in the eighth 
line thereof and by inserting after the word "Convocation" in the eighth 
line the words "in January". 


4. (a) That Sub-section 25 of Section 125 be amended 'by striking- 
out the figures and words "31st day of January" and substituting there- 
for the figures and words "28th day of February". 

(b) That Sub-section 26 of Section 125 be amended by striking out 
the figures and words "15th day of February" in the last line thereof and 
substituting therefor the figures and words "31st day of March". 

(c) That Section 141 be repealed and the following substituted there- 
for: — 

"141. Grand Chapter's financial year closes February 28th, that of 
the Chapters December 31st. The annual returns of all Chapters shall be 
forwarded to the Grand Scribe E. on or before January 31st". 

(d) That Section 220 be amended by striking out the figures and words 
"30th November" in the second line thereof, and substituting' therefor 
the figures and words "31st December". 

(e) That "Guide to Scribes E." be amended by striking out the words 
and figures "November 30th" in the first line of paragraph two on page 
8 and substituting therefor the words and figures "December 31st"; and 
be further amended by striking out the words "immediately after the 
November Convocation" in the third and fourth lines of said paragraph 
two on page 88, and substituting therefor "on or before January 31st". 

(f) That "Rules respecting Grants for Benevolence" be amended by 
striking out the word "December" in the fourth line of Rule Number 
Three on page 100 and in the third line of Rule Number Seven on page 
102, and substituting therefor the word "January". 

5. That Sub-section 11 of Section 123 be amended by strik- 
ing out the word " January" in the third line thereof and sub- 
stituting therefor the word ''February". 

6. Permission having been first obtained pursuant to Sec- 
tion 289; 

(a) That Sections 75, 76, 77, 78 and 79 be repealed and the 
following substituted therefor : — 

"75. A Chapter may by its vote properly certified by the 
Z. and Scribe E. under seal, delegate any Past Z. (duly return- 
ed) of the Chapter and resident in the District in which the 
Chapter is situated, to represent it at any Convocation of Grand 
Chapter in the absence of the Z., H. and J. No proxy shall be 
valid unless it is passed in open Chapter, and the name of the 
Companion so delegated shall be written in the proxy previous 
to its being signed by the Z. and Scribe E. of the Chapter. 

"76. The names of the delegates from Chapters within the 
Province of Ontario shall be sent to the Grand Scribe E. at 
least fifteen days before, and from Chapters outside the Pro- 
vince of Ontario^, at least thirty days before the Annual Con- 
vocation of Grand Chapter. 

"77. No Companion can represent more than one Chapter, 
except in Algoma District, where any Chapter in that District 
may appoint a proxy resident in that District who is not a 


member of the Chapter, but such Companion shall not repre- 
sent more than three Chapters, and in the Yukon District 
where any Chapter may appoint a proxy who is not a member 
of the Chapter nor a resident of that District". 

(b) That Sub-section 7 of Section 215 be amended by strik- 
ing out the figures "79" in the last line thereof and substitut- 
ing therefor the figures "76". 

Your Committee, is of the opinion that the adoption by 
Grand Chapter of a recommendation contained in a Report of 
the Audit and Finance Committee does not in any way amend 
the Constitution. Such amendments can be made only as pro- 
vided by Section 288. Consequently we deem it prudent to 
draw to your attention the following, which may appear to be 
irregularities : — 

1. (a) Opening of Grand Convocation at 7.30 p.m. instead 
of at 10 a.m. of 4th Wednesday. (Sec. 20.) 

(b) Nomination of officers before 9 o'clock of 1st day of 
meeting, should be before 5 o'clock. (Sec. 43.) 

(c) Grand Superintendents elected at 9 a.m. on Second day 
of meeting instead of recess of 1st day of meeting. (Sec. 60.) 

(d) Closing of ballot at noon instead of 11 o'clock. (Sec. 

The reverting of Grand Chapter to the periods provided by 
Constitution would eliminate the above, but if the periods to 
be observed are as past two years, then we recommend that 
necessary steps be taken to make the proper amendments. 

2. Section 13 has no provision for an Assistant Grand 
Director of Ceremonies, and Sections 13 and 62 make no pro- 
vision for more than 10 Grand Stewards, and we therefore 
recommend that the provisions of Sections 13 and 62 be ad- 
hered to< with reference to the number of Grand Stewards, but 
that Sections 13 and 62 in so far as an Assistant Grand Direc- 
tor of Ceremonies is concerned be amended as follows: — 

1. (a) That Section 13 be amended by adding after the line 
"The Grand Director of Ceremonies", the line "The Assistant 
Grand Director of Ceremonies". 

(b) That Section 62 be amended by adding after the word 
"Director" in the third line thereof the words "and Assistant 

(c) That Section 284 be amended by adding after the word 
"Director" in the eighth line on page 75 the words "and Assist- 
ant Director". 


(d) That Sub-section 10 of Section 291 be amended by 
adding- after the word "Director" in the third line thereof, the 
words "and Assistant Director". 

3. An apparent contradiction exists between Sections 68, 
120 (1), and 132 (2), relative to meetings of the Executive: — 

Section 68. Executive Committee shall meet at a time 
selected by Grand H. prior to the Annual Convocation, and at 
other times if necessary. 

Section 120 (1). Duty of Grand H. to convene it (Executive 
Committee) at such time and hour as he may order. 

Section 136 (2). The Committee shall meet the day before 
the Annual Convocation and at other times at the call of the 
Grand Z. or the President of the Committee (Grand H.), and 
in order to overcome this inconsistency, we recommend the fol- 
lowing : — 

(a) That Section 68 be repealed. 

(b) That Sub-section 1 of Section 120 be amended by 
deleting that portion of the said sub-section following the word 
" Committee' ' in the third line thereof. 

4. Under Sub-section 14 of Section 136 "the Executive 
Committee shall have the general care and investment of all 
funds". Under Sub-section 18 "the Committee (Executive) 
may appoint Sub-Committees for specific purposes, who must 
report to the Committee". 

We are of the opinion that, under the Constitution, all in- 
vestments, before made, must be approved by the Executive 
Committee as a body, or approved by a Sub-Committee 
specifically appointed by the Executive Committee for that pur- 
pose, and would recommend the consideration of the appoint- 
ment of an Investment Committee by amending the Constitu- 
tion as follows : — 

(a) That Section 67 be amended by adding after the word 
"finance" in the third line thereof, the word "investments". 

(b) That Sub-section 5 of Section 25 be amended by adding 
after Sub-section "D" the words "The report on investments". 

(c) That Sub-section 8 of Section 291 be amended by 
adding after the word "finance" in the third line thereof, the 
word "investment". 

1 5. Your Committee, upon the suggestion of the Grand First 
Principal is of the opinion that the election of a Grand Chap- 
lain and the appointment of an Assistant Grand Chaplain 
would be beneficial to Grand Chapter and therefore recom- 
mends as follows: — 


(a) That Section 11 be amended by adding after the line 
"The Grand Superintendent of the Seventeenth or Yukon Dis- 
trict", the line "The Grand Chaplain". 

(b) That Section 13 be amended by adding after the line 
"The Grand Lecturer" the line "The- Assistant Grand Chap- 

(c) That Section 62 be amended by adding after the word 
"Lecturer" in the first line thereof, the words "The Assistant 
Grand Chaplain". 

(d) That the following Section be added after Section 123: 

"The Grand Chaplain shall be invested at the Annual Con- 
vocation. He shall, when practicable, attend all Convocations 
of Grand Chapter and offer prayer". 

(e) That Section 284 be amended by adding after the 
clause which designates the jewel of the Past Grand Superin- 
tendents on page 74 the following : — 

"The Grand Chaplain and Assistant Grand Chaplain. 

The volume of the Sacred Law enclosed within a circle on a 

6. Under the present Constitution (and even if amended) 
no proxy can be recognized if either Z., H. or J. be present. 
We note from the published 1936 proceedings of Grand Chap- 
ter that in eleven cases in the issuing of proxies, the Constitu- 
tion has been ignored in this respect, and in three cases the 
proxy was voted in addition to one or more of the Principals 
of the Chapters. 

7. We would further recommend that if the amendments as 
above be approved at the next Annual Convocation that a small 
sub-committee be appointed to collaborate with the Grand 
Scribe E., to make minor alterations in the Constitution to con- 
form with the re-numbering of the sections caused by these 

Respectfully submitted, 

John M. Burden, Chairman, 
Llewellyn F. Stephens, 
W. B. Milliken. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, seconded 
by R. Ex. Comp. L. Stephens, and — 

Resolved, — That the report of the Special Committee re Proxies and 
Amendments to Constitution be received and adopted. 

Subsequently the Most Excellent the Grand Z., M. Ex. 
Comp. W. Y. Mills, was pleased to appoint the Chairman of 


the Special Committee, R. Ex. Comp. J. Burden, to assist the 
Grand Scribe E. as recommended in Clause Seven. 


It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. L. Stephens, and — 

Resolved, — 

1. (a) That Section 55 be repealed 1 and the following substituted 
therefor: — 

"55. The Grand Outer Guard shall be appointed by the Grand Z. 
(b) That the last sentence of Section 18 be repealed. 

2. (a) That Section 88 be amended by striking out the figures and 
words "30th November" in the sixth line thereof and substituting there- 
for the figures and words "31st day of January" ; and be further amend- 
ed by striking out the figures and words "31st December" in the last 
line thereof and substituting therefor the figures and words "28th day 
of February". 

(b) That Sub-section 10 of Section 125 be amended by striking out 
the words "thirty-first day of December" in the first and second lines 
thereof, and substituting therefor the words "twenty-eighth day of 

(c) That Section 288 be amended by striking out the figures and 
words "30th day of November" in the eighth line thereof and substituting 
therefor the figures and words "31st day of January"; and be further 
amended by striking out the figures and words "31st day of December" 
in the eleventh line thereof and substituting therefor the figures and 
words "28th day of February". 

3. That Section 173 be amended by striking out the word "November" 
in the second line thereof and substituting therefor the word! "Decem- 
ber"; and be further amended by striking out the word "next" in the 
eighth line thereof and by inserting after the word "Convocation" in the 
eighth line the words "in January". 

4. (a) That Sub-section 25 of Section 125 be! amended by striking 
out the figures and words "31st day of January" and substituting there- 
for the figures and words, "28th day of February". 

(b) That Sub-section 26 of Section 125 be amended by striking out 
the figures and words "15th day of February" in the last line thereof 
and substituting therefor the figures and words "31st day of March". 

(c) That Section 141 be repealed arid the following substituted there- 
for: — 

"141. Grand Chapter's financial year closes February 28th, that of 
the Chapters December 31st. The Annual returns of all Chapters shall 
be forwarded to the Grand Scribe E. on or before January 31st." 

(d) That Section 220 be amended by striking out the figures and 
words "30th November" in the second line thereof, and substituting 
therefor the figures and words "31st December". 

(e) That "Guide to Scribes E." be amended by striking out the words 
and figures "November 30th" in the first line of paragraph two on page 
88 and substituting therefor the words and figures "December 31st"; 
and be further amended by striking out the words "immediately after 
the November Convocation" in the third and fourth lines of said para- 


graph two on page 88, and substituting therefor "on or before January 

(f) That "Rules respecting Grants for Benevolence" be amended by 
striking out the word "December" in the fourth line of Rule Number 
Three, on page 100, and in the third line of Rule Number Seven on page 
102, and substituting therefor the word "January". 

5. That Sub-section 11 of Section 123 be amended by striking out the 
word "January" in the third line thereof and substituting therefor the 
word "February". 

6. (a) That Section 68 be repealed. 

(b) That Sub-section 1 of Section 120 be amended by deleting that 
portion of the said sub-section following the word "committee" in the 
third line thereof. 

7. (a) That Section 11 be amended by adding after the line "The 
Grand Superintendent of the Seventeenth or Yukon Districts", the line 
"The Grand Chaplain". 

(b) That Section 13 be amended by adding after the line "The Grand 
Lecturer" the line "The Assistant Grand Chaplain". 

(c) That Section 13 be further amended by adding after the line 
"The Grand Director of Ceremonies" the line "The Assistant Grand 
Director of Ceremonies". 

(d) That Sub-section 10 of Section 291 be amended by adding after 
the word "Director" in the third line thereof, the words "and Assistant 

(e) That Section 62 be amended by adding after the word "Lecturer" 
in the first line thereof, the words "Assistant Grand Chaplain", and by 
adding after the word "Director" in the third line thereof, the words 
"and Assistant Director". 

(f) That the following Section be added 1 after Section 123: 

"The Grand Chaplain shall be invested at the Annual Convocation. 
He shall, when practicable, attend all Convocations of Grand Chapter and 
oifer prayer". 

(g) That Section 284 be amended by adding after the clause which 
designates the jewel of the Past Grand Superintendents on page 74 the 
following: — 

"The Grand Chaplain and Assistant Grand Chaplain. 

The volume of the Sacred Law enclosed within a circle on a triangle". 

(h) That Section 284 be further amended by adding after the word 
"Director" in the eighth line on page 75, the words "and Assistant 

8. (a) That Section 67 be amended by adding after the word "finance" 
in the third line thereof the word "investments". 

(b) That Sub-section 5 of Section 25 be amended by adding after sub- 
section "D"' the words "The report on investments". 

(c) That Sub-section 8 of Section 291 be amended by adding after 
the word "finance" in the third line thereof, the word "investments". 

Grand Chapter was called at 10.35 p.m. from labour. 

Wednesday, April 28th, 1937, at 10.20 a.m. the Grand 
Chapter was "Called On" and resumed labour. 



Obligation of Scrutineers 

At the request of the Grand Z., Most Ex. Comp. Walter 
Davis administered the Obligation of Secrecy to the Scruti- 
neers, after which they retired to assume their duties. 

The following being the Scrutineers: — 
R. Ex. Comp. H. A. Miller, Chairman. 
V. Ex. Comp. James Herrott, 
Ex. Comp. Alex. Wilson, 
Ex. Comp. John Marr. 
Ex. Comp. W. J. Armstrong, 
Ex. Comp. A. W. Lawrence, 
Ex. Comp. J. Petch, 
Ex. Comp. W. Pendleton, 
Ex. Comp. W. G. Anderson, 
Ex. Comp. J. W. Woodland, 
Ex. Comp. D. W. Evans, 
Ex. Comp. D. Colman, 
Ex. Comp. W. J. Armstrong, Jr., 
Ex. Comp. Thos. H. Graham, 
Ex. Comp. W. J. Stewart, 
Ex. Comp. K. A. Carrie, 
Ex. Comp. Walter Duench, 
Ex. Comp. A. C. Phillips, 
Ex. Comp. E. M. Crosse, 
Ex. Comp. A. F. Fannahill. 

Grand Superintendents — 1937 

R. Ex. Comp. Elmer Russell Paling. St. Clair District No. 1 

R.R. No. 1, Turnerville, Out. 
R. Ex. Comp. Roy Garl Nunn. _ London " " 2 

Box 311, Parkhill, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. William Alexander Ferguson Wilson " " '6 

Port Dover, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. William Joseph Price _ Wellington " " 4 

Orangeville, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Robert Harvey Archibald Hamilton " " 5 

Box 145, Oakville, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Robert Clarence Thompson Huron " " 6 

Mildmay, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Charles Henry Sheppard Niagara " " 7 

Delaware Ave., Niagara Falls, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. George Jones Toronto East " " 8 

21 Wroxeter Ave., Toronto, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Joseph Leonard Maude Toronto West " " 8a 

40 Victor Ave., Mimico, Ont. 


R. Ex. Comp. Rufus Ralph Wilson Georgian District No. 9 

Box 576, Midland, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Morley Egerton Smith _ _ Ontario " " 10 

Box 67, Warkworth, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Wilfred Lawson Smith- Prince Edward " " 11 

Madoc, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Howard Elliott Meadd - St. Lawrence " " 12 

214 Bedford St., Cornwall, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. John Philip Cordukes Ottawa " " 13 

Westboro, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. George Blanchard „ Algoma " " 14 

102 Regent St., Port Arthur, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Kenneth Sinclair Clark New Ontario " " 15 

Box 555, Copper Cliff, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. Edmund Albert Floyd Day. Temiskaming " "16 

Box 1520, Timmins, Ont. 

R. Ex. 'Comp. Samuel McCormick _ Yukon " " 17 

Princess St. and Sixth Ave., Dawson, Y.T. 

The newly-elected Grand Superintendents were subse- 
quently given the necessary instructions as to duties pertain- 
ing to their office, by the Grand Z., M. Ex. Comp. George L. 
Gardiner; the Grand H., R. Ex. Comp. W. Y. Mills, and the 
Acting Grand Lecturer, R. Ex. Comp. W. S. M. Enouy. 


To the Most Excellent, the Grand Z., and the Companions of 
the Grand Chapter- of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

Your Committee on Printing submit the following analysis 
of expenditure for the year ending January 31st, 1937 : — 

Proceedings _ $ 970.53 

Constitutions _ _ .'.._ 171.46 

Christmas Greeting Cards - 26.19 

Grand Chapter Officers' Stationery 27.34 

Circulars and Agendas re Annual and Special Con- 
vocations - 66.20 

Office Circulars 37.40 

Memorial Cards 10.26 

Office Stationery, etc 157.29 



We would respectfully request that the following amounts 
be placed at the disposal of the Committee: — 

Proceedings $ 975.00 

Printing and Stationery 400.00 

Constitutions 175.00 

All of which is respectfully submitted. 

John Mark, Chairman, 
R. J. Cushman, 
Edwin Smith. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. W. Y. Mills, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. John F. Marr, and — 

Resolved, — That the report of the Executive Committee on Printing 
be received and adopted. 

Thanks to Credential Committee 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. John M. Empey, seconded by R. 
Ex. Comp. Harvey Milne, and — 

Resolved, — That this Grand Body tender to the Credential 'Committee 
its thanks for the capable manner in which the several members of the 
Committee discharged the doities allotted to them. 


The Most Excellent the Grand Z. directed that a telegram 
be forwarded to the Grand Chapter of Alberta, who are meet- 
ing today in Annual Convocation, which subsequently was for- 
warded as follows: — 

C. A. MacPherson, Grand Scribe E., 

Grand Chapter Alberta, 

Calgary, Alberta. 

Grand Chapter of Canada in Annual Convocation at Toronto 
conveys to their western daughter their hearty and loving 
felicitations. Your Past Grand Z., Canon Middleton, received 

May your deliberations, be beneficial is our prayer. 

Geo L. Gardiner, Grand Z., 
Edwin Smith, Grand Scribe E. 


To the Most Excellent, the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 
The Committee on Benevolence have examined the applica- 
tions for relief and we recommend that an appropriation be 
made in the estimates for grants to the following: — 

Chapter No. 1— Daughter of A. S $ 60.00 

" 1— Widow of G. McN _ 100.00 

3— Widow of R. B., F 60.00 

3— Widow of J. G 60.00 

" 3— Widow of R. 50.00 

4— Widow of C. P. E 80.00 

5— Widow of J. A. M 60.00 

5— Widow of J. B 60.00 

« 15— Widow of H. E. D 60.00 

" 34^Comp. L. O. V _ 80.00 

" 41— Comp. R. G. G 60.00 

" 53— Daughter of J. S 60.00 

" 53— Comp. J. E. W 100.00 

" 54— Widow of A. F. McC 50.00 

" 54— Widow of J. A. S ~ 60.00 

" 59— Widow of A. E. C - 80.00 

63— Widow of M. M _ 60.00 

« 72— Widow of G. McF 50.00 

« 72— Widow of P. H. S 50.00 

« 76— Widow' of R. J. L 60.00 

" 77— Widow of H. ,S. J 50.00 

" 82— Comp. F. O'C - 100.00 

" 91— Widow of R. J. R 100.00 

" 119— Widow of S. G 50.00 

" 145— Widow of E. S - 50.00 

« 145— Widow of L. J. H - 80.00 

" 145— Daughter of J. C 100.00 

" 145— Widow of H. McL _ 80.00 

" 145— W T idow of R. W 100.00 

« 163— Widow of J. L. C - 100.00 

" 163— Widow of R. M - - 50.00 

« 195— Widow of D. G. S - 80.00 

" 215^Comp. J. L. B - 100.00 

« 219— Widow of A. MacD 60.00 

" 231— Widow of J. W - - 60.00 

—Widow of R. H. S. (Special) - 100.00 

Your Committee also recommend that an appropriation of 
$200.00 be made for Interim relief to such cases as may arise 
before the next Annual Convocation of Grand Chapter. 

Fraternally submitted, 

R. B. Dargavel, Chairman, 
John J. Gardiner, 
Geo. W. Slack. 


It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. W. Y. Mills, seconded by 
by V. Ex. Comp. R. B. Dargavel, and — 

Resolved, — That the report of the Committee on Benevolence be re- 
ceived and! adopted. 


To the Most Excellent Grand First Principal and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

I herewith submit my Annual Report for the year ending- 
January 31st, 1937, for your approval. 

This year, as in many previous years, the Chapter returns 
were delayed, a few not having- arrived until the first week in 
March, although the Constituent year ended November 30th. 
Many excuses were offered and accepted as given, yet if the 
Scribes E. had upon the first day of December closed their 
books and completed their reports, the entire work could have 
been completed in a very few days. May I suggest that the 
Chapter returns be forwarded immediately after the closing of 
the year's work, and the cheque follow, if it cannot be attached 
at the time of mailing. There is absolutely no excuse for the 
holding up of the returns. The Excellent Z. of each Chapter 
is responsible for the transmitting of the report and if his 
successor in office could not be installed before the report was 
forwarded, I am sure that these remarks would be unnecessary. 

Sixteen Chapters were delinquent as at January 31st, 1937, 
but through the co-operation of the Grand Superintendent, 
these I am pleased to report have now filed their returns. 

It is very encouraging to note that the activity in many 
of the smaller centres and also to observe the number of appli- 
cations for Exaltations. Chapters who have exalted five and 
more during the past year are: — 


No. 7. The Moira, Belleville, Ont 5 

No. 46. St. James, St. Marys, Ont _ , 5 

No. 19. Mt. Moriah, St. Catharines, Ont 6 

No. 37. Victoria, Port Hope, Ont 6 

No. 145. The St. Patrick, Toronto, Ont 6 

No. 65. St. Paul's, Toronto, Ont , 7 

No. 81. Aylmer, Aylmer, Ont _ 7 

No. 251. Kirkland, Kirkland Lake, Ont 8 

No. 175. The Hamilton, Hamilton, Ont 9 

No. 103. St. John's, North Bay, Ont 14 

The Summonses of this year shows much greater activity, 
and I fully believe that at the end of 1937 the analysis will 
show a marked increase in membership. 



I would suggest that a committee be appointed in each 
Chapter to make a survey of members suspended or demitted 
during the past five years with the view to making personal 
calls and endeavouring to reclaim them. Only by personal con- 
tact can results be attained. 

The following is a detailed account of the Receipts, Special 
Credits and Ledger Balances as of January 31st, 1937 : — 

Receipts and Ledger Balances. 

Year February 1st, 1936, to 

No. Chapter. Amount 

1. Ancient Frontenac and 

Cataraqui _ $ 51.00 

2. The Hiram 102.00 

3. St. John's _ 130.60 

4. St. Andrew's and St. John's 87.10 

5. St. George's 

6. St. John's _ 124.50 

7. The Moira 302,10 

8. King Solomon's 17.10 

15. Wiawanosh .. 

16. Carleton 134.20 

18. Oxford _ 60.60 

19. Mt. Moriah 108.10 

20. Mt. Horeb _ 

22. Grenville 49.50 

23. Ezra _ 50.50 

24. Tecumseh _ 122.00 

26. St. Mark's 92.50 

27. Manitou 55.50 

28. Pentalpha 1.50 

29. MeCallum 62.50 

30. Huron 76.60- 

31. Prince Edward 60.50 

32. Waterloo _ 74.00 

34. Signet _ 129.00 

35. Keystone 50.30 

36. Corinthian 105.10 

37. Victoria 44.50 

40. Guelph 97.00 

41. Harris 82.50 

44. Mt. Sinai _ 65.-00 

45. Excelsior _ 17.50 

46. St. James 46.50 

47. Wellington 101.50 

48. St. John's - 42.00 

53. Bruce _ 

54. Palestine 109.50 

55. Niagara - 41.00 

56. Georgian _ 46.50 

January 31st, 1937. 
'Credit Debits Credits 

$ 9.00 







$ 1.50 




l. + 50 









' 4.00 












57. King Hiram 37.00 1.00 

58. Pembroke 11.50 _ _...._ 

59. Sussex 20*2.40 .20 

60. Doric * 24.50 

61. Granite 29.00 1.00 _ 

62. York 40.20 

63. Havelock 1.00 

64. Willson _ 76.50 _ 72.50 

65. St. Paul's 73.60 ....... 

66. The Malloch 30.00 .50 

67. Enterprise _ 56,00 44.50 

68. Maitland 43.00 

69. Grimsby 1.50 

70. Grand River 12.50 

71. Prince of Wales 38.50 1.00 

72. Keystone _ 39.50 2.00 

73. Erie _ 45.00 

74. Beaver 36,00 

75. St. Clair 45.50 35.00 

76. Mt. Nebo 71.00 12.50 5,00 

77. Occident 163.00 7.50 

78. Minnewawa 75.00 1.00 

79. Orient 18.40 , 53.50 

80. Ark 510.50 30.50 315.00 

81. Aylmer _ 52,50 .50 _ 

82. Shuniah 5.80 

83. Ionic 56.80 

84. Lebanon 38.60 .50 

86. Macpherson 30.00 1.00 

88. MacNabb „ 36.50 

90. Golden 99.00 _ 

91. Antiquity 42.30 5.50 90.00 

94. Midland 68.00 

95. Tuscan 92.00 94.20 

100. St. Lawrence 57.00 , _.... 

102. Algonquin 113.50 2.10 

103. St. John's „ 79.60 1.00 1.00 

110. Warkworth 36.00 5.00 

112. St. John's 46.00 _ 

113. Covenant 78.80 

114. Bonnechere 26.00 

115. Brant 89.10 

116. Maple 78,00 

117. Kitchener 112.60 

119. King Cyrus 50.00 

129. Elliott 30.00 

130. Chantry 21.00 .50 5.00 

131. Amabel 26.30 1.50 2.50 

132. Leeds 39.50 1.00' .50 

133. St. Francis 83.65 .25 

134. King Darius 21.00 2.00 

135. Succoth _ 49.00 

138. Shekinah 102.50 3.00 200.30 - 

139. St. Andrew's 1.00 1.00 1.00 

140. Fort William 100.50 


144. Presqu 'He 25.80 

145. The St. Patrick 338,70 

146. Bernard 44.00 

147. Lucknow 27.50 

148. St. John's 17.00 

149. Atwood 35.00 

150. London „ 

151. Laurentian 76.00 

152. Alberton 58.00 

153. Sombra 58.50 

154. Klondike 15.00 

155. Ancaster 43.50 

161. Madoc 149.00 

163. The Beaches; 1.20 

164. Lome 90.00 

167. Kichikewana 3.60 

168. Ionic 62.00 

169. Temiskaming 67.50 

175. The Hamilton 86.50 

184. Hugh Murray i 27.50 

185. The Toronto 79.60 

195. Peel ._ 59.00 

198. Couchiching 74.00 

203. Cobalt 56.50 

205. Victoria 42.10 

210. Kitchener 2.6.00 

212. Mt. Sinai 4.50 

213. Northern Lights _ 71.00 

214. Vimy 23.00 

215. Mirnico 94.30 

217. St. Alban's 71.20 

218. Prince Edward _ 54.50 

219. Ulster 4.00 

220. Lebanon 38.40 

221. Durham 1.00 

222. Ottawa 70.10 

223. Abitibi 30.50 

224. Keystone 75.40 

225. Beaver 62,60 

226. Prince of Wales 32.80 

227. Quinte Friendship 52.50 

230. Port Credit 56.90 

231. The St. Clair 86.10 

232. King Cyrus 60.50 

233. Oakwood 53.50 

234. Halton 41.50 

235. Aurora 50.00 

236. Caledonia 33.50 

238. The St. Andrew's 51.00 

239. Blenheim 34.50 

240. Smithville „ 1.00 

241. University 137.30 

242. St. Paul's 37.90 

243. McKay 14.00 

244. Cochrane 86.00 
















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245. Preston 


246. Humber 

247. Nilestown 



248. Dochert _ 



249. Palestine 

250. Thomas Peters' 


251. Kirkland 

252. Hiawatha 

253. Regal 

Grand Chapter of Alberta 

Grand Chapter of British 
Columbia > 






. 4,084.77 



$ 49.20 

Grand Chapter of Manitoba 

Grand Chapter of Quebec 

Grand Chapter of Saskatche- 


Interest _ 





$ 49.20 

Chapter Returns received after January 31st, 1937, and not in the 
above statement: — 


No. 45. Excelsior $ 16.50 

No. 53. Bruce 52.00 

No. 60. Doric _ 

No. 63. Havelock 37.00 

No. 69. Grimisby 40.50 

No. 80. Ark 85.00 

No. 82. Shuniah 162.50 

No. 86. Macpherson; _ 26.50 

No. 104. White Oak 22.50 

No. 139. St. Andrew's 20.00 

No. 143. Glengarry „ 22.50 

No. 164. Lome 27.50 

No. 212. Mt. Sinai 38.00 

No. 221. Durham 30.50 

No. 240. Smithville 25.00 



The following requests were received and referred to the 
Most Excellent the Grand First Principal Z., they total one 
hundred and fourteen: — 

Twelve for permission to attend Divine Service. 

Thirty-three to change the date of Regular Convocation or 
hour of Regular Convocation. 


Two to hold Emergent Convocation, (not being noted on 
a Regular Summons.) 

Five permitting Chapters from Sister Jurisdictions to Ex- 
emplify degrees. 

Ten dispensing with the Regular Convocations during the 
Summer Months, (not provided for by their By-Laws.) 

Fourteen for the advancement of Officers, as required by 
the Constitution. 

Seventeen for the purpose of holding Picnics, At Homes or 
Social Functions. 

Thirteen for the Installation and Investiture of Officers, on 
other dates than provided by their By-Laws. 

One requesting permission to receive an application for 
consideration, not a resident for one year. 

One requesting permission to receive an application for 
consideration, not a resident within the jurisdiction of the 

Six requesting permission to hold Convocations in other 
Dedicated Masonic Halls. 

Four requests for Dispensations were received and con- 
sidered by the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal Z., 
and refused. 

On April 10th, 1936, Cxrand River Chapter, No. 70, Brace- 
bridge, Ont., surrendered their Warrant and with the consent 
of the Grand First Principal affiliated with Couchiching Chap- 
ter, No. 198, Orillia, Ont. By this union, no doubt, both Chap- 
ters have materially benefited. 

All of which 1 is fraternally submitted. 

Grand Scribe E. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. W. Y. Mills, seconded by 
M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, and — 

Resolved, — That the Report of the Grand Scribe E. for the year 1936 
be received and adopted. 



February 1st, 1936, to January 31st, 1937. 

Received by Grand Scribe Amounts paid — Cheques 

E. from Chapters on and Cash $10,310.00 

account of Dues, Fees, Benevolent Grants 2,490.00 

etc _ $ 9,717.40 Excess Receipts over 

Interest on Investments payments - 1,002.17 

and Bank Balances 4,084.77 (See below "A") 

$13,802.17 $13,802.17 


Investments — Feb. 1st, Investments — Jan. 31st, 

1936, at cost per last 1937, at cost, per 

accounts $89,791.45 schedule $92,291.45 

Purchases 2,500.00 

$92,291.45 $92,291.45 


January 31st, 1937, Capital: 

At Canadian Bank of Commerce — Current $ 389.52 

—Savings. 7,500.00 

Incidental Account — Cash on hand „._ 44.82 

$ 7,934.34 

Investments - 92,291.45 


February 1st, 1936, Capital: 

At Canadian Bank of Commerce — Current $ 128.03 

-^Savings 9,264.14 

Incidental Account — Cash on hand ..„ ~ 40.00 

$ 9,432,17 

Investments 89,791.45 

$ 99,223.62 

Increase— see above "A" $ 1,002.17 



Cost Par Value 
City of Hamilton Debenture, Interest 5%, payable 

half-yearly, May 1st and November 1st; due 

May 1st, 1949. (Registered as to principal). 

Market Value $4,540.00' $ 4,001.20 $ 4,000.00 

Dominion of Canada Conversion Loan Bonds, In- 
terest 4V2%, payable half-yearly, May 1st and 

November 1st; due November 1st, 1958. (Fully 

registered). Market Value $3,337.50 3,135.00 3,000.00 

Dominion of Canada Conversion Loan Bonds, In- 
terest 4 x /£%, payable half-yearly, May 1st and 

November 1st; due November 1st, 1959. (Fully 

registered) . Market Value $80,280.00 73,237.50 72,000.00 

National Trust Company, Limited, Guaranteed 

Trust Certificate, Interest 3%%, payable half- 
yearly, January 30th and July 30th ; due Janu- 
ary 30th, 1941. (Fully registered). Bought 

January 30th, 1931. Market Value $2,000.00 2,000.00 2,000.00 

Dominion of Canada National Loan, Interest 5%, 

payable half-yearly, May 15th and November 

15th; due 1941. (Fully registered). Market 

Value $2,235.00 : 1,980.00 2,000.00 

Dominion of Canada 4^% Bonds, Interest payable 

half-yeraly, May 1st and November 1st; due 

1958. (Principal registered). Market Value 

$3,337.50 2,919.00 3,000.00 

Canadian National Railway Bonds, Interest 5%, 

payable half-yearly, February 1st and August 

1st; due 1954. (Principal registered). Market 

Value $2,912.50 2,518.75 2,500.00 

The Ontario Loan & Debenture Co., Interest 3%%, 

payable half-yearly, June 1st and December 

1st; due 1941. (Principal registered) Market 

Value $2,500.00 _ 2,500.00 2,500.00 

(Market Value, Jan. 31, 1937, $101,142,50) $92,291.45 $91,000.00 

(Signed) E. J. Carter, C.A., Walter Price, 

Auditor. Grand Treasurer. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. W. Y. Mills, seconded by 
M. Ex. Comp. Walter G. Price, and — 

Resolved, — That the Statement of the Grand Treasurer for the year 
1936 be received and adopted. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada : 

Your Committee on Audit and Finance presents its annual 
report as to the financial standing of Grand Chapter as at 
January 31st, 1937. 

We recommend the printing of the Auditor's report in full 
as was done last year, thus giving the Companions a com- 
parison of the receipts and expenses with those of the previous 

Your Committee again calls the attention of Grand Chapter 
to the re-curring annual deficits in receipts from Constituent 
Chapters and would recommend that our Presiding Officers 
make an effort to off -set these deficits by a corresponding re- 
duction in operating expenses. 

Per Capita Tax on Unemployed 

For the past four years Grand Chapter has been pleased 
to remit the per capita tax on unemployed Companions whose 
annual dues were remitted by their respective Chapters. The 
per capita tax remitted by Grand Chapter during these four 
years amounted to the sum of $1,043.80. 

As economic conditions throughout the country have 
greatly improved, your Committee recommends that this allow- 
ance or remittance be discontinued. 

The Committee further recommends that Grand Chapter 
revert to the original three days' sessions, commencing 1938. 

Cash Receipts 

The Cash Receipts of Grand Chapter for the past two years 
have been as follows: — 

Year ended January 31st, Increase or 

1937 1936 Decrease 

From Certificates $ 246.00 $ 288.00 $ 42.00 D. 

Dues 8,661.70 9,375.50 713.80 D. 

Fees 246.00 288.00 42.00 D. 

Dispensations and Warrants... 82,00 83.00 1.00 D. 

Constitutions 82.80 79.60 3.20 I. 

Sundries — 

Rituals 349.35 401.15 51.80 D. 

Ceremonies 35.05 36.30 1.25 D. 

Demits 2.00 2.00 

Register 3.75 3.75 D. 

Pictorial History 5.75 5.75 D. 

Mark Books 2.50 5.00 2.50 D. 

Music Sheets 10.00 10.00 I. 

$ 9,717.40 $10,568.05 $850.65 D. 


Interest on Investments and 

Bank Balances 4,084.77 4,083.05 1.72 I. 

$13,802.17 $14,651.10 $848.93i D. 

Grand Chapter Investments 

Due to the foresightedness and thrift of our predecessors 
in office many years ago, an investment fund was created which 
during the past few years has been the financial back-bone of 
our institution and the means of permitting us to carry on our 
fraternal and benevolent obligations. 

During the past year we were enabled to augment this in- 
vestment fund by the sum of $2,500.00 by the purchase of an 
Ontario Loan and Debenture Company debenture bearing in- 
terest at 314 per cent, payable half-yearly. 

This brings our total investment account up to the sum of 
$91,000.00 par value. 

You will observe that this latest investment was made pos- 
sible through interest received from our investment fund, the 
interest from which during the past year amounted to 

Your Committe has been advised that since the closing of 
the books on January 31st, sufficient funds have become avail- 
able to carry on the ordinary expenses of Grand Chapter and 
make a further investment of $2,500.00. We recommend that 
this matter be referred to the Committee on Investments with 
power to act. 

The following Chapters did not make their returns before 
the end of the year: — 

No. 45. Excelsior, Colborne _ $ 16.50 

No. 53. Bruce, Petrolia 52.00 

No. 60. Doric, Newmarket 

No. 63. Havelock, Kincardine 37.00 

No. 69. Grimsby, Grimsby 40.50 

No. 80. Ark, Windsor 815.00 

No. 82. Shuniah, Port Arthur 162.50 

No. 86. Macpherson, Meaford 26.50 

No. 104. White Oak, Oakville 22,50 

No. 139. St. Andrew's, Havelock 20.00 

No. 143. Glengarry, Maxville 22.50 

No. 164. Lome, West Lome 27.50 

No. 212. Mt. Sinai, Toronto 38.00 

No. 221. Durham, Durham 30.50 

No. 240. Smithville, Smithville 25.00 



Outstanding- balances due from Chapters total $3,451.65 

and in comparison with the total of last year, which amounted 
to $3,473.20 show a decrease of $21.55. Therefore the net de- 
crease in revenue, after allowing special credits of $250.50 and 
amounts due from 15 Chapters (delinquent as at January 31st, 
1937), totalling: $606.00 as listed above, amounted to $13.98. 


The expenses of Grand Chapter are shown below as com- 
pared with those of the previous year. 

Year ended January 31st, 

1937 1936 

Salaries $ 4,630.00 $ 4,630.00 

Foreign Correspondence 300.00 300.00 

Office Rent, Telephone, etc 704.98 835.81 

Bond Premiums and Insurance 26.70 16.70 

Grand Chapter Convocation Expenses (1936- 

1935) _ 494.89 357.53 

Grand Chapter Convocation Expenses (on ac- 
count) .._ 90.56 

Grand Chapter Convocation — Special Expense 100.00 50.00 

Grand H. Expenses 64.30 12.65 

Grand Z. Expenses ._ 879.00 808.80 

Convocation Expenses of Executive Committee 730.55 681.05 

Special Committee Expenses 128.81 128.15 

Proceedings 970.53 950.23 

Constitutions 171.46 

Rituals _ - - 1,053.64 

General Printing and Stationery 348,11 380.12 

Audit and Financial Reports 200.00' 200.00 

Flowers and Wreaths - 52.10 12.00 

Grand Scribe E.— Incidentals 145.18 152.83 

Grand Scribe E.— Travelling 158.20 109.59 

Regalia and Repairs, Jewels and Engraving. 119.39 472,39 

Honorarium to Past Grand Z 350.00 

Grand J. Expenses - 24.30 

Educational 61.50 

$10,310.00 $11,592.05 
To which add: 

Benevolence 2,490.00 2,760.00 

$12,800.00 $14,352.05 


Year Ended January 31st, 1937 

Balances, February 1st, 1936 — 

In Canadian Bank of Commerce — 

Current Account $ 128.03 

Savings Account _ 9,264,14 

Incidentals Account in hands of Grand Scribe E 40.00 

Receipts from Chapters: 

Certificates $ 246.00 

Dues _ 8,661.70 

Fees 246.00 

Dispensations and Warrants 82.00 

Constitutions 82.80 

Sundries — 

Rituals $349.35 

Ceremonies 35.05 

Demits „ 2.00 

Mark Books 2,50 

Music Sheets 10.00 


4 9,432.17 


Interest Received on Investments and Bank Balances... 4,084.77 




Benevolence $2,440.00 

" Inspection of 50.00 

Salaries $4,630.00 

Foreign Correspondence Report 300.00 

Office Rent, Telephone, etc 704.98 

Premium on Guarantee Bond and Insurance 26.70 

Grand Chapter Convocation Expenses, 1936 494.89 

Grand Chapter Convocation Expenses — Special 100.00 

Expenses of" Executive Committee attending 1936 Con- 
vocation of Grand Chapter 730.55 

Special Committee Expenses 128.81 

Grand H. Expenses 64.30 

Grand J. Expenses _ - 24.30 

Printing, Engrossing, etc.: — 

Proceedings $970.53 

Constitutions 171.46 

General 348.11 


Audit and Financial Reports to January 31st, 1936 200.00 

Grand Z. Expenses 879.00 

Flowers 52.10 

Educational 61.50 


Grand Scribe E. : — 

Office Incidentals $ 35.64 

Postage 92.25 

Exchanges 10.90 

Express 6.39 

Travelling Expense 158.20 

303 38 

Regalia for Past Grand Z.'s 105!s4 

Jewels and Engraving _ 13.55 

Investment Purchased, The Ontario Loan & Debenture 

Co., 3V 2 %, due June 1st, 1941 2,500.00 


Balances, January 31st, 1937 — 

In Canadian Bank of Commerce — 

Current Account $ 389.52 

Savings Account , 7,500.00 

Incidentals Account in hands of Grand Scribe E... 44.82 



Expenditures exclusive of Benevolence were less by $1,- 
272.05 than those of the previous corresponding: period. 

The Capital of Grand Chapter has increased during the 
year by $1,002.17 as shown below: — 

Total Receipts including Interest $13,802.17 

Payments 12,800.00 


The effect of this increase is shown by: — 

•Cash in Bank and on Hand January 31st, 1937 $ 7,934.34 

Investments purchased 2,500.00 


Cash in Bank and on Hand January 31st, 1936 9,432.17 



I have inspected the Investments and found them to be in 
order. Securities are lodged with the Canadian Bank of Com- 
merce, Queen Street Branch, Toronto, Ontario, in safety de- 
posit box No. 101. 

A detailed schedule of the Investments will be found at- 
tached hereto. 

All interest due on Investments and Bank Balances has 
been received and deposited in the Bank. This income for the 
year ended January 31st, 1937, amounted to $4,084.77 as com- 
pared with $4,083.05 for the previous year, an increase of 


Satisfactory vouchers properly approved have been seen 
covering all disbursements as has been the customary pro 
cedure of all previous audits. 

Every courtesy has been extended to me during" the course 
of my audit and I have much pleasure in reporting that the 
books and accounts of Grand Chapter have been excellently 
kept by Grand Scribe E. and the Grand Treasurer. 


I have audited the books and vouchers of Grand Chapter for the 
year ended January 31st, 1937, and found them to be in order and I 
certify that the above is a correct summary of the Accounts. 

I also certify that I have inspected and found in order the In- 
vestments of Grand Chapter, the cost of same being $92,291.45 and the 
par value $91,000.00. 

(Signed) E. J. Carter, C.A., 

Sharp, Milne & Co., 

Chartered Accountants. 



Current Assets — 

Cash in Bank , $7,889.52 

Cash on Hand ...... - 44.82 

$ 7,934.34 

Accounts Receivable (outstanding) 3,451.65 

Investments— 'Cost 92,291.45 

Par Value $91,000.00— Market Value $101,142.50. 

Supplies for Sale — 

Constitutions $ 65.28 

Rituals 638.00 

Ceremonies - - ► - 86.40 

Demits .._ 3.25 


Supplies for Use — 

Certificates $ 175.85 

Jewels 130.00 

Stationery (estimated) 35.00 


Office Furniture and Fixtures (estimated) $ 438.50 

Less Depreciation Reserve 131.55 


Grand Council Regalia (estimated) 200.00 



Accounts Payable - - - - Nil 

Chapter— Credit Balances - 47. 70 

Grand 'Chapter— 'Capital Account - 105,270.47 



Your Committee further submits for your approval the 

following- estimate of expenditures for the current year: — 

Benevolence Grants $ 2,760.00 

Inspection Expenses 50.00 

Salary G.S.E 3,600.00 

Office Assistance 780.00 

Hororarium for Grand Treasurer 250.00 

Audit and Finance Reports 200.00 

Foreign Corresponcence _ 300.00 

Office 1 Rent, Telephone, etc 750.00 

Bond Premiums and Insurance 17.00* 

Printing Grand Chapter Proceedings 975.00 

General Printing 350.00 

Constitutions 175.00 

Incidentals G.S.E. Office 150.00 

G.S.E. Travelling Expenses 100.00 

Grand Z.'s Expenses _ 800.00 

Educational Expenses 50.00 

Executive Committee Expenses 494.90 

Veterans' Jewels 100.00 

Flowers for Sick and Deceased 50.00 

Honorarium for LP. Grand Z 350.00 

Regalia for I.P.G.Z 90.00 

Grant to London Red Cross for flood sufferers in 

London audi district 200.00 


All of which is respectfully submitted. 

Oliver Ellwood, Chairman, 

Fred. G. Smith, 

E. L. Moore, 

E. A. McCubbin, 

John M. Empey. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. W. Y. Mills, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. Oliver Ellwood, and — 

Resolved, — That the report of the Executive Committee on Audit and 
Finance be received and adopted. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada : 

Being* charged with the responsibility of presenting a 
comprehensive analysis on the condition of Royal Arch Ma- 
sonry in this Province of Ontario and in the far-flung territory 
of the Yukon, your Committee has studied the detailed as well 
as the explanatory reports of the several Grand Superin- 
tendents with great interest and are happy to report that 
again the Grand First Principal has been well represented and 
that although the year has not been characterized by activity 
in degree work, yet general harmony and good-will is abound- 
ing- in the four points of the compass. The care with which 
our membership is selected has always been recognized as one 
of the safeguards of the institution and should result in a 
vigorous and happy fraternity occupying a deserved place in 
public favour as representing a very commendable type of 
citizenship. An easy and thoughtless laxity in admitting mem- 
bers is soon reflected in a lowering of the standard and deals 
as deadly a blow as allowing members to justify personal 
piques which dethrone better judgment. One lets the worst 
material in and the other keeps the best material out. 

There may possibly be many, who through lack of under- 
standing would endeavour to mark the ebb and flow of Mas- 
onry by the physical strength, counted in figures; but this is 
not the yard-stick of the true Craftsman as he measures our 
progress by the spirit which animates. If this be true, Royal 
Arch Masonry will never fail and its fabric will never crumble 
as it continues its mission of scattering with unspairing hands 
blessings and benefits to the needy, as recorded in many 
reports from various Districts. 

Grand Superintendents' Reports 

While these ambassadors have shown capacity for hard 
word and exceeding pleasure in performing their duties, it can- 
not be said that the same applies to the officers of some Chap- 
ters, who possibly because of lack of "material for the Temple" 
have become self-satisfied and too content with the lot of the 
unambitious and seemingly fail to grasp the importance of 
initiative in stimulating interest and despatch in the general 
affairs of the Chapter. In this connection it is refreshing 
to quote from one report, which is typical of others, where 


the understanding of this situation has prompted action, re- 
sulting in an improved position and keener insight : 

"One of the smaller Chapters wished to surrender its Charter. 
With slight persuasion, a few visits from the Grand Superintendent, 
Principals and Past Principals of other Chapters in the District, 
they have reimbursed Grand Chapter for the amount owing", have 
paid their 1937 per capita, have had three candidates; there is a 
surplus in the Treasury, and it is now working actively in connection 
with degrees." 

and from another report we read, what is considered to be* 
one of the besetting sins and the cause of much of the de- 
linquency : 

"Grand Superintendents have from time to time admonished 
officers of our Chapters to make it a point to have business matters 
dealt with by the Executive Committee instead of delaying the work 
of the Chapter, and thereby holding visitors out unnecessarily long 
before admitting them, thus making a very late meet- 
ingj The late closing commences with the late opening. 
The opening should not be delayed simply because any officer 
should be dilatory in arriving. Fill his chair and get the Chapter 
opened on time, as no one appreciates being kept in the ante-room 
for a long time before entering, and the visitors therfore are apt to 
think twice before visiting the Chapter in future which is so incon- 
siderate for their comfort." 

Tardiness is a fault which often breeds other habits of 
carelessness and inattention. It is the Z's special duty to see 
that imperfections of this kind are remedied and that his 
officers are trained to set a good example. 

Many report the excellence of the work of the officers in 
the conferring of degrees which is but the stepping stone by 
which to ascend to loftier heights of usefulness; while one 
tells of an anythical search resulting in the Chapter moving 
to new quarters and twelve exaltations. 

If we therefore tackle the job in hand with resourcefulness, 
conviction and courage, many of the rough places will be 
made smooth, the vineyard will bear good fruit and our 
hearts will be attuned to the lesson of the "chisel", that 
"perseverence is necessary to establish perfection." 

Following this illustration it is our duty to point out that 
again as in former years, the same trouble has been ex- 
perienced as on some previous occasions, in not receiving 
within the required time the reports of some Scribes E. and 
in some cases even the District Superintendent was guilty of 
procrastination which retards the well greased mach- 
inery of routine in the Grand Scribe E.'s office. Whether it 
is intentional or unavoidable we do not know but the weight 
of evidence would point to carelessness. 


If time be of all things most precious, wasting time must 
be the greatest prodigality, since lost time is never found 
again and if through laxity or insincerity we unwittingly 
neglect the standards which have been maintained by those 
who have preceded us, it is our bounden duty to dedicate our- 
selves anew to the none too easy task of imparting at every 
opportunity the essential requisites of success, insofar as they 
relate to the well governing of our constituent Chapters. 


"A religion of just being kind would be a pretty good 
religion ; but a religion of kindness and useful effort is nearly 
a perfect religion. " — Elbert Hubbard. 

It can be truthfull said that not only Grand Chapter but 
its several parts "continue to listen to the voice of nature 
while it is yet day" as the saving grace of assisting the weak 
and raising the fallen, in a material way, has been well to the 

As another evidence of returning better times the call 
for financial assistance is not so great as has been recorded in 
recent years. In this respect a word of warning may not be 
out of place. In surveying the reports one is struck with the 
fact that a large number of Chapters have contributed little 
to benevolence and it would seem therefore that there is a 
growing tendency on the part of private Chapters to pass on 
to Grand Chapter obligations which they can and should dis- 
charge. The obligation to relieve the needs of a Companion 
in distress is primarily the obligation of the individual mem- 
ber and of the Chapter to which the Companion belongs. 
Grand Chapter is ready and doubtless will always be so and 
assist where help is needed but the individual has a duty 
which should be neither evaded nor neglected, as no effort 
on the part of Grand Chapter can take the place of the direct 
personal interest of the constituent Chapter, the word of en- 
couragement or sympathy from a Companion to a Companion. 
These acts do not appear on the balance sheet; the kindness 
is appreciated without a sense of humiliation and is recorded 
by T.S.A.O.T.U. under the caption, as Robert Burns wrote: 

"The heart ayee's the part 
Then the soul with firm resolves, and 
The heart benevolent and kind, the 
most resembles God." 

Your Committee would again point with pardonable pride 
to the splendid work of the Royal Arch Welfare Committee 


of the Toronto Districts. In addition to carrying out the pro- 
gramme of former years, of safely transporting mothers and 
children of tubercular families to and from "Valdi Camp", 
Lake Simcoe, it has added similar service to and from Bronte, 
under the direction of the Neighbourhood Workers' Associa- 

This commendable work is recommended to other Dis- 
tricts as a means of developing the moral and social virtues, 
as well as demonstrating to the uninstructed and popular 
world that Royal Arch Masonry is an unselfish institution, 
and submerges personal ambitions and partialities in favour 
of the golden rule, "Do unto others as you would wish that 
they should do unto you," even with a sacrifice of time, com- 
fort and money. 


In commenting upon this phase of our material stability, 
you can be assured that the financial affairs of Grand Chap- 
ter are in such good shape as to inspire confidence in those 
responsible. The Treasury is carefully guarded and invest- 
ments in securities are of sound choice. This will be revealed in 
the report of the Grand Treasurer, M. Ex. Comp. Dr. Walter 
G. Price. 

An intensive study of the affairs of the various Chapters 
as given in the statistical reports again reveals an altogether 
too large sum locked up in outstanding dues, which at the 
end of the fiscal year totalled $55,060, while the Companions 
in arrears numbered 3,934. No doubt these figures have since 
been reduced materially, while at the same time the arrear- 
ages are sufficiently large to effect the financial standing and 
cause embarrassment. This situation demands attention and 
is cause for serious reflection. The Scribes E. are surely not 
lax, neither can it be said that the annual assessment is too 
great, as in some cases the amount would seem scarcely 
enough to cover out-of-pocket expenses. If this can be attri- 
buted to business conditions, all is well, as it will right itself 
in time, but if, however, it is a matter of indifference, the situa- 
tion is serious and should have the attention of each Chapter 
suffering from the malady. Indifference and carelessness are 
brothers-in-crime and it would be well for Chapters so affected 
to stimulate renewed interest by putting to work every pos- 
sible member, either on Committees or degrees. Interest begets 
attendance and the matter of arrears will be well nigh solved. 

It is interesting to note that last year there were 88 Chap- 
ters with an average attendance of 20 or less, and it is in the 


improvement of this condition lies the opportunity of employ- 
ing many of the members in this useful pursuit. Also, it is 
largely in the smaller Chapters where it is found the yearly 
dues are small that the greatest proportionate delinquency 
exists. Therefore we again urge that this vital question of 
making the annual dues cover annual expenses, have consider- 

The manner in which statistical reports are compiled does 
not lend to clear understanding of what constitutes "Assets" 
but notwithstanding that same do not capitalize unpaid dues, 
the splendid total of approximately $200,000 is reached. In 
many cases this is in bricks and mortar and not easily con- 
verted. To be well housed is one of the first requisites in being 
firmly established, as man looks on the outward appearance 
and form erroneous conclusions from a false understanding of 
the aims and objects of our institution. Under the heading 
"Liabilities" the amount of $25,000 compares favourably with 
the former period, there being a reduction of about $2,400. 

Summing up the situation it is recommended that an alert 
supervision of financial matters be maintained, as it would 
appear that the world is steadily emerging from beneath the 
cloud which has been hanging very low for several years. 

Education and Instruction 

Some Grand Superintendents, realizing that Chapters of 
Instruction are very valuable to a true and proper interpre- 
tation of the ritualistic work, have thrown their weight and 
talents in this commendable occupation. These meetings do 
bear fruit and are recommended, not only for the pan they 
play in having the work uniform in action and in word, but 
also it gives the Companions every opportunity of strengthen- 
ing the many links in the Chain of Friendship, which makes 
us a unit in having no small part in the establishment of the 
kingdom of God upon the earth. In this connection it is pleas- 
ing to record the increasing tendency to attend Divine Service 
as a body. This outward act of our belief in T.G.G.O.T.U. 
surely reflects advantageously and reflects advantageously and 
creates in the minds of the public a more wholesome regard 
for "this our Masonic art." 

It is a well known fact that but few Companions are 
familiar with the Proceedings of Grand Chapter. We there- 
fore again recommend further light on this subject by a close 
study of the Annual Report of this grand body, also the ad- 
vantage of studying carefully the Constitution of Grand Chap- 


ter. This is the steering wheel which guides the destinies of 
Royal Arch Masonry in Ontario and it is our privilege to 
take hold, to lay hand on the wheel and become acquainted 
with the "Law". 

In former years your Committee has endorsed the estab- 
lishment of Principals' and Past Principals' Associations and 
still feel they are entitled to our heartiest support. Here 
matters of interest to Royal Arch Masons are discussed and 
a common meeting ground provided for the exchange of ideas. 
In this there is a widening field of activity which deepens the 
interest; as all higher motives, ideals, conceptions and senti- 
ments in a man are of no account if they do not come forward 
to strengthen him for the better discharge of the duties which 
devolve upon him in the ordinary affairs of life. 

Of recent years a great deal has been heard of Masonic 
Education and of the advantage of a deeper knowledge of our 
mysteries. Masonic research may be compared with an ocean, 
unfathomable in its delights and profits, or to an unexplored 
country, but the explorer found it not to be wild or overgrown 
with weeds, but well planted with luxurious trees, yielding 
fruit of various descriptions. We admonish all to make a 
daily advancement in Masonic knowledge as it is the food for 
progress. This is made possible through the Masonic Library 
in Toronto 1 , and other Masonic centres, which is the first step 
towards a more complete understanding. 

Grand Chapter Officers 

There is a well-known axiom: "Your sole contribution to 
the sum of things is yourself." If this be true, and we doubt 
not its accuracy, some contribute more than others but all ac- 
cording to his talents. 

To properly grasp the significance of this statement as it 
applies to our Grand Z., M. Ex. Comp. George L. Gardiner, 
you must read and under stand what the Grand Superin- 
tendents say of his receptions and deliberations throughout 
the length and breadth of this Grand Jurisdiction. He has 
made his contribution of service which will be of lasting 
benefit to the Royal Craft, and while the strain of toil or the 
fret of care usually hangs heavily upon the shoulders of those 
whose head wears the crown, yet he can surely feel that it 
has been worth while to devote in the interests of Masonry, 
the unusual talents of balance of diction and of executive 
which are his. 


On your behalf we wish for him continued good health 
which lends to a genial personality; peace of mind which is 
essential to soundness of judgment; a sense of satisfaction 
from having participated in a cause near to his heart and a 
joy and pride in surveying this work which is rounded, full, 
complete in all its parts, which satisfaction would turn work 
into art. 

The stewardship of the elected and appointed officers has 
again been marked with devotion to our beloved craft which 
has been enriched by their sympathetic understanding of the 
needs of Royal Arch Masonry and fused with enobling ideals 
which has pointed them out as true and faithful men, ever 
encouraging and inspiring those with whom they come in 

It is fitting that this report should make reference to the 
triangle of the Grand East which was broken during the 
year by the lamented death of R. Ex. Comp. Sidney S. Forbes, 
Grand Third Principal, whose great and sincere friendship 
will be greatly missed by the host of friends which were his. 
A life spent in the uplift of his fellow man and a world the 
better because of his coming. 


Each day the world is realizing more fully the moral force 
of our fraternity which seeks for and appeals to moral and 
high-minded men who move by noble impulses to noble ends. 
Royal Arch Masonry therefore points the way to higher 
planes of living and nobler realm of thought, which ara so 
essential to the stability of this distracted, torn and bewildered 
world. The ways of God, the paths of right and the spirit of 
love are the keys to human happiness both here and here- 

Your Committee submits this report with every expression 
of respect and obedience. 

Frank G. McLean, Chairman, 
T. W. Rutherford, 
F. F. Hayes, 
Fred. Johnson, 
R. C. Nugent. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. W. Y. Mills, seconded by 
by R. Ex. Comp. Frank G. McLean, and — 

Resolved, — That the report of the Executive Committee on Condition 
of Capitular Masonry be received and adopted. 






To the Most Excellent the Grand Z. and the Grand Chapter 
Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

Companions, — Once more it is my duty to bring to your 
attention that our journey in this favoured country 
is fast drawing to a close and that we must leave those loving 
outstretched hands to others who may come our way. 

During the past year 342 of our fellow members have left 
us to dwell beyond the hidden veil, and this Gand Chapter is 
very sorry to report that a vacant chair is noted in the Grand 
Council by the death of R. Ex. Comp. Sidney Smith Forbes, 
of Hamilton, Ontario, Grand Third Principal J. of the Grand 
Chapter of Canada, who passed to the Grand Chapter above 
December 17th, 1936, after a very serious illness. 

He was born at South Cayuga, Ontario, on May 18th, 
1884, and associated with several contracting firms until 1922 
when he organized the Western Ontario Adjustment Insur- 
ance office, of which at his death he was President and Chief 

He was initiated into Masonry in Temple Lodge A.F. & 
A.M., No. 324, G.R.C. Hamilton, exalted in St. John's Chap- 
ter, No. 6, R.A.M., on April 15th, 1911, their First Principal 
in 1919, elected Grand Superintendent of Hamilton District 
No 5 in 1925, and Grand Third Principal in 1935. 

Capitular Masonry was to him a sincere form of every 
day living and his loss is not only felt by those of his home 
city, but from the Grand Chapter of this jurisdiction. 

Masonry has been deprived of the services of one of the 
outstanding Craft Masons in Canada, R. Ex. Comp. William 
McGregor Logan, Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of 
Canada in the Province of Ontario and Past Grand Superin- 
tendent of the Hamilton District, who died April 1st, 1937. 

"And so we say farewell to a loyal and royal Master 

R. Ex. Comp. Thomas Dowell, Past Grand Superintendent 
of St. Lawrence District. He was a member of Sussex Chap- 
ter, No. 59, Brock ville, and one of the most faithful workers 
in our Royal Craft, beloved by all with whom he came in con- 
tact. To his private and Masonic life he brought all those 
qualities which were good and clean and pure and true. May 
he rest in peace in that land of hope which lies beyond the 
rays of the rainbow. 


Have we prepared our Temple as a fitting tribute, for 
others to emulate, or must we stop and direct a new under- 
standing? Companions, let each of us re-consecrate and re- 
dedicate our individual lives to the service of God, and of 
humanity, remembering that as men and Masons we are not 
only building a Temple more glorious than that of Solomon, 
but one of honour, of knowledge, of ^purity and of truth, in 
which our own immortal soul shall at last find rest forever. 

"If thoughts must (backward run 
To those who, one 'by one, 
In the great silence and the dark beyond 

Vanished with farewells fond, 
Unseen, not lost; our grateful memories still 
Their vacant places fill." 


Grand Chapter of Arkansas — Durand Whipple, P.G.H.P., 
Thomas J. Wood, P.G.H.P. 

Grand Chapter of Arizona — Edwin S. Miller, P.G.H.P., 
George A. Bridge, P.G.H.P. 

Grand Chapter of California — Thomas Flint, P.G.H.P. 

Grand Chapter of Connecticut — Lewis C. Hull, P.G.H.P., 
William R. Keavaney, P.G.H.P., George A. Kies, P.G.H.P., 
Grand Secretary. 

Grand Chapter of Colorado — William W. Cooper, P.G.H.P., 
Joseph H. Price, P.G.H.P., William S. Pickerill, P.G.H.P. 

Grand Chapter of Delaware — Obadiah Clark, P.G.H.P. 

Grand Chapter of Florida— Elmer E. Haskell, P.G.H.P. 

Grand Chapter of Indiana — Elias J. Jacoby, P.G.H.P., 
John H. Wineland, P.G.H.P. 

Grand Chapter of Iowa — William D. Irvine, P.G.H.P. 
Grand Chapter of Kansas — Charles A. Conkling, P.G.H.P., 
Marion K. Brundage, P.G.H.P. 

Grand Chapter of Louisiana — Will Moss, P.G.H.P. 

Grand Chapter of Maine^Samuel B. Furbish, P.G.H.P., 
Albert W. Meserve, P.G.K., Amos Putnam, P.G.K. 

Grand Chapter of Michigan — Albert G. Granger, P.G.H.P. 

Grand Chapter of Minnesota — Frank H. McCuskey, P.G.- 
H.P., John Fishel, P.G.H.P. 

Grand Chapter of Mississippi — Henry C. Yawn, P.G.H.P.. 
William H. Carter, P.G.H.P. 

Grand Chapter of Montana— Edward C. Day, P.G.H.P., 
Charles S. Bell, P.G.H.P., Ernest M. Hutchinson, P.G.H.P. 

Grand Chapter of Nebraska — Leroy Park, D.G.H.P. 



Grand Chapter of New Hampshire — Harry M. Cheney, 
P.G.M., Grand Secretary. 

Grand Chapter of Oregon— Clyde Evans, P.G.H.P., Ed- 
ward W. Davis, P.G.H.P. 

Grand Chapter of Oklahoma— Frank Smith, P.G.H.P. 

Grand Chapter of Pennsylvania — George B. Wills, P.G.- 

Grand Chapter of Victoria— Rev. A. T. Holden, P.G.Z., 
Charles K. Cahn, G.S.E. 

Grand Chapter of Washington — William 0. Nicholson, 

Grand Chapter of West Virginia — Carson B. Trenor, 


W. J. C. Allen, C. Heyes, A. G. Ervine, L. H. Shannon. 

A. C. Blake, W. J. Grant, W. H. F. Whaley, L. Nino, N. Mount, 

J. P. Steedman, A. L. Page. 
W. H. McLean, C. H. Peacock, J. M. Slater, J. Philips, 0. P. 

Rindlehart, H. McCoubrey, C. Dyson. 
E. Essau, A. Jacobs, A. C. Neff. 

G. E. Logan, T. Cousins, T. H. Peters, W. Middaugh. 
W. Jardine, W. M. Wickens, H. Taylor, T. Lees, H. W. Withelm, 

P. E. Lumsden, W. W. Mepham. 
J. V. Jenkins, G. Kingsley, A. Mathews, G. Grills, A. McBride. 
J. Christie, G. C. Woods, J. B. Nixon, W. C. Covington, J. 

Bunton, W. H. Woodstock, W. H. Roberts, C. W. Sheridan, 

S. E. Switzer, H. 0. Brown, J. Medland. 
R. Garrett, G. Nelson, J. A. Daziel, H. Boody. 
G. H. Martin, S. Witten, T. A. Waterson, A. R. Durrell, A. 

T. Cooper. 
R. F. G. Pooley, W. J. Taylor, F. Stalker. 
A. M. McComb. 
J. Goodwin, T. E. Ryerson, G. E. F. Cave, J. J. Waldron, T. 

J. Kirkley, H. W. Sullivan. 
J. E. Adams. 

J. F. Couch, G. H. Luseombe, I. Mclnally. 
H. C. Butterneld, R. 0. Teasel. 
D. McLaohlan, H. Wynes, E. H. Nolan, D. McDermitt, A. 

Heuser, G. D. Bunting, C. Currie. 
W. P. Stericker, G. L. Flintoff. 
H. J. Hospal, Jas. Hall. 
R. Baxter, K. Campbell. 
A. E. Calnan. 

A. Green, J. Sinclair, E. Tyrer, W. H. Kennedy, W. Cline. 
A. M. Ross, J. F. Paxton. 
J. Crane, E. A. Stewart. 
W. J. Robertson, A. H. Randall, E. V. Brown, C. H. Wickett, 

W. F. McMahon. 
J. D. McKee, H. Page. 
W. H. Boyle, H. J. McNeely, W. J. Wilde, R. D. Taylor, J. 

H. Hill, F. S. Boyes. 
























































































































































Henry Gale. 

G. Hayes, H. C. Fischer, W. H. Eyles. 

P. W. Hughes, J. E. Oldershaw, J. F. Morrison, J. A. Mc- 
Gregor, T. Slater, A. L. Johnke. 

H. Walker, A. J. Nichols, C. Dunlop, W. D. Boyce, F. Baldun, 
J. H. Modeland. 

A. Sexsmith, R. Reid. 

C. H. Little. 

M. Silver, J. S. Me Arthur. 

A. F. Schnauffer, D. Robertson, J. B. Nixon. 

J. Malcolm, J. H. Scott, W. Hay. 

W. Riddell, D. Allison, G. F. Sutherland. 

L. C. Evans, A. J. Jackson, W. J. MeCollum, J. H. McCon- 

nell, A. L. Massey, R. J. Reade, C. P. Smith. 
A. McLennan. 
A. Patterson. 
J. Morrisay, J. E. Wiretenburg, O. Zryd, J. Ritchie. 

D. McLeod, A. W. Corbett, G. Spreadborough. 
C. Mickle, S. Taylor. 

W. Scott. 

J. Campbell, W. D. McKellar, G. Blackall, W. J. Taylor. 

T. J. Brown, J. W. Elliott, J. M. MeKenzie. 

R. A. Delany, J. J. Foster, J. W. Zecellamy, T. H. Taylor. 

G. J. McLeod, C. F. Howard, E. L. Sinclair, S. Lewis, H. 

Crosland, A. Rose, J. G. Miahaffey, T. Pigott, W. Beswet- 

R. B. Crosbie, D. J. Anderson. 

J. B. Nixon, F. Mauthie, J. C. Patterson, A. W. Burgess. 
C. J. Carney, G. D. Jeffers, E. C. Russell, R. Pinchen, T. H. 

Brooks, G. W. Sewell, J. H. Donaldson, J. P. Smith. 
C. T. Burdick, J. W. Harris. 
N. A. Cross, A. Swanson, R. Ferguson. 
L. C. Young, C. G. Vanstone, T. A. McDonald. 
J. D. Hamill,, I. Topp, A. G. Bright. 
F. H. Laird, C. M. Tassie. 
C. W. Jackson, J. White. 
J. W. Humphrey, W. C. Fox, T. A. Harman, H. G. Brown, 

G. Hewitt, G. L. Vivian. 

E. Fitzgerald, J. E. Doxsee, H. Graham, A. Gillespie, R. Clark. 

C. R. Reid, G. C. Ade. 
T. R. Bach. 

R. Gray, C. O. Fosberg, W. R. Cunningham. 
A. A. Busby. 

F. W. Garbutt. 
J. S. Goodfellow. 

G. B. Bailey, W. W. Brownell, C. S. Ault, T. Hope. 
W. H. Harris,, D. J. Funnell. 

Jos. Blakely. 

J. Green, J. Brandt, P. Michael, A. H. Hamilton, D. Forsythe, 
I. G. Axt. 

D. McKnight, A. D. Smith. 
I. C. Byers. 

D. W. Parke, H. S. McNeil. 
W. S. Ormiston, J. '0. Bartlett, G. Birnie. 
A. L. Edgar, W. Harris, O. E. Hughes. 
R. Jack. 


No. 144. W. N. Davidson, M. Hare. 

No. 145. J. H. Brydon, B. Cairns, W. J. Chitty, J. Davidson, D. Grant, 

J. M. Hill, W. W. Hilts, H. Leeson, A. Lamorlaun, A. E. 

LeFrancoia, J. A. McQueen, J. A. Norris, R. Smyth, R. J. 

Stevenson, G. A. Vowell, W. S. Walker, S. Wright, T. A. 

Mix, W. H. Fenwick. 

No. 146. A. McDonald, J. G. Moffatt, J. Sangster. 

No. 148. E. H. Elvidge. 

No. 149. A. P. McDonald. 

No. 150. S. Baker, G. M. Justason, G. A. Dowling, A. C. Charles, W. 

R. Davidson, F. Tilbury. 

No. 152. R. R. Collum, C. T. Schurb. 

No. 153. J. F. Budzine. 

No. 154. A. D. Ross, W. A. A. McMillan, H. J. Nunn, R. D. McLennan. 

No. 155. A. G. Lord. 

No. 163. R. J. Reade. 

No. 167. R. Carson. 

No. 168. G. F. Philips, W. J. Stanbury, B. I. Gibson, G. A. Kingston. 

No. 169. J. W. McKinley, J. D. Kingston. 

No. 175. T. Lees, G. C. Coppley. 

No. 185. W. G. Speirs, W. G. Parker, F. V. Slemin, G. W. Allen, W. 

F. Phillips, W. J. Pedden, R. J. Carlisle. 

No. 195. J. Davidson. 

No. 198. J. B. Tudhope, H. Justin, P. McGibbon. 

No. 205. W. H. Legge. 

No. 210. J. A. Fielding. 

No. 212. E. Gebertig. 

No. 213. H. R. Gregg. 

No. 215. L. J. West, R. Winter, F. Godfrey, R. Harris. 

No. 217. R. J. Reade. 

No. 219. W. D. Mollison. 

No. 220. J. Sabiston. 

No. 222. J. P. Matheson, R. E. Torney. 

No. 224. W. M. Wickens, P. E. Lumsden. 

No. 225. B. Cairns. 

No. 227. C. Delislile. 

No. 231. W. A. James. 

No. 232. A. B. Gowdy. 

No. 234. E. Y. Barraclough, B. Gollop. 

No. 235. L. Cummiford. 

No. 238. T. J. Holmes, H. E. Morton, 

No. 242. A. E. Wood, J. Steinhoffe. 

No. 243. A. 0. Nelson. 

No. 244. W. D. Gouldie, D. McVicar. 

No. 250. W. D. Gurr, F. W. Taylor, W. T. Turner, J. H. Jenkinsn, 

R. Shaw. 

No. 252. A. R. Calcott. 

All of which is fraternally submitted. 

W. L. Stewart, Chairman, 
T. R. Huxtable, 


G. B. Bedford. 


It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. W. Y. Mills, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. W. L. Stewart, and — 

Resolved, — That the report of the Committee on Fraternal Dead be 



To the Grand First Principal, Officers and Companions of the 
Grand Royal Arch\Chapter of Canada: 

We share in the hope of the Most Excellent the Grand 
First Principal that the change in date from February to 
April may add to the convenience and pleasure of the dele- 
gates, and result in an increased interest and in greater 
attendances, especially with respect to distinguished guests 
from other jurisdictions, the warm welcome to whom we 
fully endorse. 

The Grand First Principal directs attention to the serious 
problems which confront the world. The grave question is: 
" Where are we drifting?" 

Masonry has stood throughout for stability and brotherly 
love. We concur with the Most Excellent that as members 
of this old and great institution we must strive to substitute 
peace and good will for the present unrest and disturbance 
which exist in many countries and which even in Canada 
demand our earnest attention. 

The Grand First Principal pays fitting tribute to the 
many Excellent Companions who have passed away during 
the past year. Grand Chapter suffered severely in the sad 
deaths of R. Ex. Comp, Sidney S. Forbes, Grand Third Prin- 
cipal; R. Ex. Comp. William McGregor Logan, Grand Secre- 
tary of the Grand Lodge, and R. Ex. Comp. Bernard Cairns, 
whose zeal and devotion will long be remembered. As the 
Grand First Principal says, 'The memory of their lives has 
lighted fires in the circle of their influence that will long out- 
last the headstone and the tablet". 

With all loyal and devoted Canadians we share and endorse 
the references to the approaching Coronation of one who has 
been prominently identified with Masonry and who will prove 
a great and good King, worthy of the long line of royalty 
from whom he is descended. God save the King. 

We note the many By-laws considered and approved dur- 
ing the past year. 


With the Grand First Principal, we regret that some 
Grand Representatives have not been frequent attendants at 
Grand Chapter Convocations, and approve of his stressing the 
importance of Representatives maintaining as close and 
fraternal contast as is possible with the Jurisdiction they 

We note with pleasure the nominations and appointments 
made during the year. 

It is most satisfactory to know that the Grand Superin- 
tendents have been thorough and efficient in the discharge of 
their duties. The Grand First Principal points out the desir- 
ability of their successors co-ordinating fully with the office 
of the Grand Scribe E. ^and furnishing promptly of their re- 
ports and annual returns. The welfare of the Order depends 
greatly upon the faithful and zealous activity of the Grand 

We join in congratulating those who have received Long 
Service Jewels. We fully endorse the view that these medals 
should be presented with more formality by the Chapter of 
which the recipient is a member. 

We agree with the Grand First Principal in refusing Dis- 
pensations for the reasons named, and also with his rulings. 
We note with pleasure that the Grand First Principal 
strongly advises that Grand Chapter shall co-operate with 
Grand Lodge in the work of supplying Masonic knowledge. 

We cannot close our report without expressing on behalf 
of all the members of Grand Chapter our debt of deepest 
gratitude to M. Ex. Comp. Gardiner for his untiring devo- 
tions to the affairs of Grand Chapter, his exceptional ability, 
and his wise judgment on all matters through his term of 

W. H. Davis, Chairman, 

George Moore, 

W. N. Ponton, 

K. J. Dunstan, 

Edwin Smith, 

W. G. Price, 

C. W. Haentschel, 

A. Cowan, 

It was moved by M. Ex. Comp. W. H. Davis, seconded by 
M. Ex. Comp. Col. W. N. Ponton, and— 

Resolved, — That the report of the Committee on the Grand Z/s 
Address be received and adopted. 

annual convocation, toronto, 1937 161 

Fraternal Correspondence 

M. Ex. Comp. W. N. Ponton, Chairman of the Committee 
on Fraternal Correspondence, presented the same, and re- 
quested that the delegates in attendance read the report. They 
contained excellent advice. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. W. Y. Mills, seconded by 
M. Ex. Comp. W. N. Ponton, and— 

Resolved, — That the report on the Fraternal Correspondence be re- 
ceived and adopted. 

Historian Elected 
Moved by M Ex. Comp. Alex Cowan, seconded by M. Ex. 
Comp. Dr. C. W. Haentschel, and — 

Resolved, — That M. Ex. Comp. Col. W. N. Ponton be re-elected Grand 


Moved by R. Ex. Comp. L. Stephens, seconded by R. Ex. 
Comp. A. D. Mclntyre, and — 

Resolved, — That R. Ex. Comp. George W. Slack be re-elected a 
member of the Committee on Benevolence for a period of three years. 

The following Companions comprise the Committee on 
Benevolence and are members of the Executive Committee of 
Grand Chapter for their respective terms: 

V. Ex. Comp. R. B. Darg-avel, retires in 1938, 
R. Ex. Comp. J. J. Gardiner, retires in 1939, 
R. Ex. Comp. George W. Slack, retires in 1940. 


At 12.20 o'clock noon Grand Chapter was "Called Off" 
to permit the Companions to cast their ballot for the elective 
officers ,and the next place of meeting. 

at 2.15 o'clock P.M. 

Election of Officers 
Grand Chapter Officers, 1937-1938. 

M. Ex. Comp. Wm. Y. Mills - Grand Z/| 

126 Princess St., Kingston, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Llewellyn F. Stephens Grand H. [Grand 

52 Markland St., Hamilton, Ont. [Council 

R. Ex. Comrp. John M. Empey _ _ Grand J.| 

Box 114, Mitchell, Ont. J 


M. Ex. Comp. Walter G. Price, D.D.S Grand Treasurer 

67 Carleton St. E., Toronto, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith Grand Scribe E. 

582 Dufferin Ave., London, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. €ol. W. N. Ponton, K.C Grand Historian 

28 Bridge St., Belleville, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Rt. Rev. Charles Allen Seager Grand Chaplain 

150 St. James St., London, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. John Philip Hudson Grand Scribe N. 

20 Merritt St., St. Catharines, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Robert N. McElhinney Grand Principal Sojourner 

69 Fuller Ave., Toronto, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Tom Welch Grand Registrar 

573 Central Ave., London, Ont. 

Executive Committee — Elected 

R. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, 

126 Old Orchard Grove, Toronto, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Frank G. McLean, 

247 Garden Ave., Toronto, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Wm. L. Stewart, 

266 Egerton St., London, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Ed. H. Brennan, 

Johnson Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. 
R. Ex. Ccmp. Fred G. Smith, 

146 Broadway, Ottawa, Ont. 


To the Most Excellent the Grand Z and the Grand Royal 
Arch Chapter of Canada: 

Most Excellent Sir, — The Special Committee on Mas- 
onic Education appointed to give effect to the desire to spread 
masonic knowledge amongst the craft in general with parti- 
cular concern for the interests of Royal Arch Masonry re- 
ports upon its labours. Without any difficulty the committee 
was able to align the first steps in this Royal Arch activity 
with the work that is being done by the Library Committee 
of Grand Lodge. Certain books and equipment were pur- 
chased and place in the competent care of Comp. N. W. J. 
Haydon, who is also librarian of the Grand Lodge Library at 
888 Yonge St., Toronto. 

Publicity, through notices sent to all Scribes E, was then 
given to the fact that all Royal Arch Companions now have 
the privilege of borrowing from the section on Capitular 


Masonry such literature on the subject as it provided by our 
collection of writings thereon. Every Scribe E. has been 
provided with lists of books available, and the rules govern- 
ing the privilege. All the officers of Grand Chapter have been 
similarly advised and sent lists. 

Our librarian reports that extra lists and some forty let- 
ters of additional information have been sent to enquirers. 
Requests for the loan of books have come from a number of 
widely separated points in the province, and companions are 
making use of the weekly open meeting of the library to at- 
tend and profit by its facilities. All of which would indicate 
that this beginning, although a modest one, is nevertheless 
fraught with inestimable benefit, not only to Royal Arch 
Masonry in its more direct bearing, but also to the whole 
body of masonry itself. 

Financial Statement of Committee on Masonic Educa- 
tion of The Grand Chapter, to March 31, 1937. 

Contribution towards estimated costs of printing and 

postages $ 20.00 

Cost of 16 Books as approved by the Committee _ 19.00 

Proportion of cost of new sectional bookcase 7.50 

Honorarium to Librarian 15.00 

Cheque received August 24, 1936 $ 61.50 

Paid Macoomb Press one-third costs of printing 

lists of books, rules and notices _.$ 14.11 

Paid to Macoomb Press, binding three booklets 

in stiff covers 2.16 

Paid for two books from British Masonic Mis- 
cellany .— . 1.25 

Paid for postage on books and letters from 

July 18, 1936, to March 31, 1937 - 6.70 

$ 24.22 

Less contribution as specified above 20.00 

Balance due Librarian ....$ 4.22 

Respectfully submitted, 

Morgan R. Griffith, Chairman, 
Wm. S. M. Enouy, 
W. J. Dunlop. 


In the absence of the Chairman, it was moved by M. Ex. 
Comp. Edwin Smith, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. W. Y. Mills, 
and — 

Resolved, — That the report of the Special Committee on Masonic 
Education be received and adopted. 


To the Most Excellent the Grand Z and the Grand Chapter 
Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 
We, your committee appointed by the Most Excellent the 
Grand Z., have taken into consideration the suggestion con- 
tained in the "Notice of Motion" and we are of the opinion 
that the adding of the "Keystone" upon the ribbon improves 
the same and gives the recognition immediately as a "Capitu- 
lar Jewel." 

W. Y. Mills, Chairman, 
R. V. Conover, 
A. A. Gray. 

R. Ex. Comp. Dr. Godfrey Pittis, the Grand Representa- 
tive of the Grand Chapter of Canada near the Grand Chapter 
of New Jersey, presented the following copy of an engrossed 
report which he said appeared, framed, upon the walls of the 
George Washington Memorial Temple, Washington, D.C., he 
knew that the Masons of to-day would be proud to hear of this 
former association. 

The Grand Z. ordered the copy filed in our archives. 

Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada 
August 13 & 14 A.L. 2403, A.D. 1783 

The Officers and Companions of Lafayette Royal Arch 
Chapter, No. 5, Washington, District of Columbia. 

Having honored the Grand Chapter of Canada with a 
fraternal visit during its sixteenth annual convocation held 
in the city of Kingston, Ontario, on the 13th and 14th days 
of August, A.D. 1873. 

The following resolution in reference to the auspicious 
event was adopted with the most cordial unanimity. 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. James Seymour, seconded by R. 
Ex. Comp. George H. Dartnell, and unanimously — 

Resolved, — That the Grand Z. be requested to nominate a conimitte° 
to whom shall be entrusted the duty of preparing some permanent and 


suitable memento of the visit of Lafayette Chapter, No. 5, Washington, 
to the Grand Chapter of Canada, to be presented to the Officers and 
Companions of that Chapter for preservation! amongst their archives. 

The M.E. the G.Z. was subsequently pleased to name such 
committee R. Ex. Comp. James Seymour, P.G.H., M. Ex. 
Comp. T. D. Harington, P.G.Z., and R. Ex. Comp, W. P. 
Simpson, P.G.H. 

The Committee, therefore, having given the subject the 
careful consideration that its importance demands, respect- 
fully submits that the Grand Chapter of Canada warmly ap- 
preciating" the truly Masonic spirit that actuated their 
esteemed Companions from Washington in deciding to pay 
Canada a friendly visit at this time, cannot permit the happy 
event to pass without placing upon record its high sense of 
the compliment intended in this interchange of personal 
visitation not only in the exceedingly agreeable social inter- 
course it has produced, thereby facilitating the means of 
better understanding each other's feelings and sentiments in 
the practical cultivation of those ennobling virtues 

Friendship and Brotherly Love, 
which are the foundation, Superstructure, Capstone and 
Glory of Capitular Masonry, but also in the genial good will 
evoked towards our Most Gracious Sovereign and country, in 
the beautiful verses dedicated to the occasion by Comp. Dr. 
Cox, and which were sung with such joyous enthusiasm by 
our companions on their formal reception amongst us. 

The pleasurer of this fraternal visit were also greatly en- 
hanced in interest by the able and impressive manner in 
which was exemplified the conferring of The Royal Arch 
Degree as authorized by the General Grand Chapter of the 
United States; thus affording an opportunity of witnessing 
well executed American Work, that will long be remembered 
and treasured by all who enjoyed that valued privilege. 

Heartily does this Grand Chapter reciprocate the generous 
expressions of Amity and Friendship embodied in Dr. Cox's 
lines, confident that the ties of blood, language, literature, 
commerce and taste, cemented by the mellowing and refining 
influence of our Royal Craft, will always operate in forming 
an indissoluble bond of union between kindred nation, whose 
enlightenment and liberality teach them to enjoy their own 
forms of government, without diminishing respect for those 
of friendly neighbors. 

(Sincerely hoping that visitations of this nature — though 
the first of their kind to us — will not be the last, fraught, as 


they have proved to be, with so much of pleasure, profit, and 
instruction, and 

Thanking our Washington companions for the laudable 
example set, we look forward to a not distant day when a 
return visit will be paid, that will tend to ripen in earnestness 
the friendship now formed. 

Resolved, — That the foregoing report be engrossed under direction 
of the Grand Scribe E., to be signed 'by the Most Excellent Grand Z., 
for transmission to Lafayette Chapter, Washington, D.C. 

Committee Room Grand Chapter of Canada 
Kingston, August 14, 1873. Respectfully submitted. 

Thomas B. Harris, James Seymour, P.G.H. ] 
Grand Scribe E. T. D. Harington, P.G.Z. \ Committee. 

W. B. Simpson, P.G.H. J 

On behalf of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons 
of Canada, 

Charles D. MacDonald, Grand Z. 

(See pages 280-281, Proceedings Grand Chapter, 1873 E.S.) 

Considering Notice of Motion 

Pursuant to Section 289 of the Constitution the delegates 
having given the necessary consent, it was moved by R. Ex. 
Comp. John M. Burden, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. L. 
Stephens, and, — 

Resolved, — (a) That Sections 75, 76, 77, 78 and 79 of the Constitution 
be repealed and the following substituted therefor: 

"75. A Chapter may by its vote properly certified by Z. and Scribe E. 
under seal, delegate any Past Z. (duly returned) of the Chapter and 
resident in the District in which the Chapter is situate, to represent it at 
any Convocation and Grand Chapter in the absence of the Z., H. and 
J. No proxy shall be valid unless it is passed in open Chapter, and the 
name of the Companion so delegated .shall be written in the proxy pre- 
vious to its being signed by the Z. and Scribe E. of the Chapter. 

76. The names of the delegates from Chapters within the Province 
of Ontario shall be sent to the Grand Scribe E. at least fifteen days be- 
fore, and from Chapters outside the Province of Ontario, at least thirty 
days before the Annual Convocation iof Grand Chapter. 

77. No Companion can represent more than one chapter, except in 
Algoma District, where any Chapter in that District may appoint a 
proxy resident in that District who is not a member of the Chapter, but 
such Companion shall not represent more than three Chapters, and in 
the Yukon District where any Chapter may appoint a proxy who is not 
a member of the Chapter nor a resident of that District." 

(b) That subsection 7 of Section 215 be amended by striking out 
the figures "79) in the last line thereof and substituting therefor the 
figures "76." 


It was moved by M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. W. Y. Mills, and,— 

Resolved, — That Section 140 of the Constitution, page 40, 15th line, 
be amended by changing "For Constitutions, each 30" to read "For Con- 
stitutions, each 40." 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. W. Y. Mills, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp, Fred Smith, and, — 

Resolved,— That Section 281, page 73, of the Constitution be deleted, 
and the following substituted! therefor: — 

"The Jewel and Keystone of the Order are to be worn by Com- 
panions on the left breast either separately, or conjointly, on a gilt (or 
gold) and enamel Circle, suspended by a narrow crimson ribbon; for 
Principals and Past Z.'s of Constituent Chapters crimson ribbon with a 
centre of light blue, one third the width ; and for present and past offi- 
cers of the Grand Chapter it may be tricolor corresponding with the 
collar, all jewels to be of gold or gilt." 

Thanks to Special Committee on Proxies and 
Constitutional Amendments 

Most Ex. Comp. Geo. L. Gardiner vacated his chair and 
R. Ex. Comp. W. Y. Mills assumed the Sceptre. It was then 
moved by Most Ex. Comp. G. L. Gardiner, seconded by Most 
Ex. Comp. Walter Davis, and — 

Resolved, — That this Grand Body extend its heartiest appreciation 
and thanks to R. Ex. Comip. John Burden, R. Ex. Comp. Llewellyn 
Stephens, K.C., and V. Ex. Comp. Wm. B. Milliken, K.C., for their time 
and effort in their suggested changes of the Constitution. 

Thanks to Companions of Toronto and District 

Moved by M. Ex. Comp. W. G. Price, seconded by M. Ex. 
Comp. Edwin Smith, and, — 

Resolved, — That the thanks of this Grand Chapter be tendered to 
the Companions of Toronto and Districts, for the splendid manner in 
which the arrangements have been carried out by them for the reception 
of the delegates in attendance and courtesies extended. 

Thanks to Scrutineers 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. W. L. Stewart, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. Fred Smith, and, — 

Resolved, — That the thanks of this Grand Chapter be tendered to 
R. Ex. Comp. H. A. Miller and the other Companions who acted as 
scrutineers for the services rendered in the election of the Officers of 
Grand Chapter. 


Next Place of Meeting 

The Eightieth Annual Convocation will be held at the 
city of Kingston, Ontario, on Wednesday and Thursday, April 
27th and 28th, 1938, at ten o'clock in the forenoon (as per 
Section 20 of the Constitution). 

Grand Z. Vacates Chair 

The Most Excellent the Grand Z. vacated the chair and re- 
quested Most Excellent Companion Walter G. Price to assume 
the Scepter. 

Officers Installed 

M. Ex. Camp. Walter G. Price, assisted by M. Ex. Camps. 
Walter Davis and K. J. Dunstan, installed and invested the 
newly elected officers of Grand Chapter, including the Grand 
Superintendents of the several Districts, and they were pro- 
claimed and saluted according 1 to ancient custom. 

Thanks to Installing JBoard 

It was moved by R. Ex. Camp. E. R. Paling, seconded by 
R. Ex Comp. E. A. F. Day, and — 

Resolved, — That the thanks of this Grand Chapter be tendered to 
Most Ex. Camps. W. G. Price, Walter Davis and K. J. Dunstan who had 
charge of the Installation Ceremony, and those who assisted them for 
the able manner in which the ceremony had been performed. 

Testimonial to Retiring Grand Z. 
It was moved by M. Ex. Comp. K. J. Dunstan, and seconded 
by M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, and — 

Resolved, — That a Committee consisting of the Chairman of Audit 
and Finance, Grand Treasurer and Grand Scribe E. be a committee to 
arrange a testimonial for the retiring Gaud Fisst Principal. 

Appointment to Office 

The following appointments having been made by Most 
Ex Comp. W. Y. Mills. 

Executive Committee — Appointed 

R. Ex. Comp. Col. A. H. Monteith, K.C., 

Box 604, Paris, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Marshall E. Sherwood, 

40 Wellington St., Woodstock, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. A. D. Mclntyre, 

c/o Bank of Montreal, 

King and Bathurst Streets, Toronto, Ont. 


R. Ex. Camp. Col. Reg. V. Conover. 
Box 802, Brampton, Ont. 

R. Ex. Camp. Wan. Downing, 

King St., Kitchener, Ont. 

Assistant Officers — Appointed 

R. Ex. Comp. W. iS. M. Enouy _ Grand Lecturer 

512 Brunswick Ave., Toronto, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Rev. Harold Hudson Bedford-Jones Asst. Grand Chaplain 

210 Somerset St. W., Ottawa, Ont. 
V. Ex. 'Comp. Edmund Allan Carleton Grand Senior Sojourner 

Box 7, Stirling, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. George Liebert Cameron Grand Junior Sojourner 

142 Buckingham Ave., Iroquois Falls, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Kenneth N. H. McCullough Grand Sword Bearer 

399 Alfred St., Kingston, Ont. 
V. Ex. 'Camp. Thomas Millsop - Grand Master 4th Veil 

Box 61, Rainy River, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. James Edward Woolsey Grand Master 3rd Veil 

Ayr, Ont. 
V. Ex. 'Comp. Robert Somerville Grand Master 2nd Veil 

127 Garden Ave., Toronto, Ont. 
V. Ex. (Camp. Charles Percival Little Grand Master 1st Veil 

Box 648, Collingwood, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. John William Craven Grand Standard Bearer 

39 Connaught Ave. S., Hamilton, Ont. 
V. Ex. 'Comp. J. Kenneth Fraser Grand Dir. of Ceremonies 

119 Earle St., Kingston, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Richard Henry Waddington Asst. Gr. Dir. of Ceremonies 

325 Oaron Ave., Windsor, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. John Johnson Grand Organist 

R.R. No. 8, London, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Joseph Emerson Kyle Grand Pursuivant 

Russell, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. A. W. Lawrencq Grand Steward 

21 Scarboro Beach Blvd., Toronto, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. W. A. Hunter, Jr Grand Steward 

668 Emery St., London, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Clarence R. Fulford Grand Steward 

21 Georgina St., Brockville, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. James McAllister „ ...Grand Steward 

147 Browning Ave., Toronto, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Clarence Albert Merritt Grand Steward 

R.R. No. 1, Smith ville, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Aubrey Warner Grand Steward 

33 Regent St., Lindsay, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Wilfred Gordon McMillan .._ Grand Steward 

East Street, Box 473, Goderich, Ont. 



V. Ex. Comp. James Milligan Grand Steward 

121 Worthington St. N., North Bay, Out. 
V. Ex. -Comp. Robert D. Law Grand Steward 

168 Forest Road, Gait, Out. 
V. Ex. Ccmp. John Edward Francis Grand Steward 

Box 47, Thornhill, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. John Edward Francis Grand Steward 

Box 47, Thornhill, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Victor H. Graves Grand Steward 

221 Albert St., Belleville, Ont. 
Comp. Robert James Clark Grand Outer Guard 

678 Princess St., Kingston, Ont. 

The labours of the Annual Convo- 
cation being ended, Grand Chapter 
was closed in ample form at 3.55 
o'clock p.m., Toronto, Ontario, Wed- 
nesday, April 28th, 193 ( 7. 

Grand Scribe E. 


On Tuesday evening, April 27th, 1937, the Grand Z., M. 
Ex. Comp. Geo. L. Gardiner joined with his Executive in 
holding a "Dinner" to his honoured guests. 

During the Convocation, many messages were conveyed 
to the Grand Z. and the Grand Chapter of Canada by the 
visiting Companions. 

Executive Committee 

With Addresses. 


R. Ex. Comp. Llewellyn Stephens _ „ 

52 Markland St., Hamilton, Ont. 


M. Ex. Comp. Wm. Y. Mills, Grand Z. 

126 Princess St., Kingston, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. George Moore,— 1909-1910, P.G.Z., 

120 St. Clair Ave., Hamilton, Out. 
M. Ex. Comp. A. S. Gorrell, M.D.— 1917-1918, P.G.Z. 

Masonic Temple, Regina, Sask. 

Grand H. 


M. Ex. Clomp. Col. Wm. N. Ponton, K.C. ,— 1919-1.920, P.G.Z., 

28 Bridge St., Belleville, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. Walter H. Davis,— 1924-1925, P.G.Z., 

241 Queens Street South, Hamilton, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. Kenneth J. Dunstan,— 1926-1927, P.G.Z., 

279 Russell Hill Road, Toronto, Ont. 
M. Ex. Clomp. Edwin iSmith,— 1928-1929, P.G.Z., 

582 Dufferin Ave,, London, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp, Walter G. Price, D.D.S.— 1930-1931, P.G.Z., 

67 Garleton St. E., Toronto, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. Charles W. Haentschel, M.D.,— 1932-1933, P.G.Z., 

Haileybury, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp, Col. Alexander Cowan,— 1934, P.G.Z., 

Masonic Temple, Barrie, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. George L. Gardiner,— 1935-1936, P.G.Z., 

4 Dunloe Road, Toronto, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp, Harry H. Watson,— Hon. 1909, P.G.Z., 

441 Seymour Street, Vancouver, B.C. 
R. Ex. Comp. John M. Empey, Grand J., 

Box 114, Mitchell, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. John P. Hudson, Grand Scribe N., 

20 Merrill St., St. Catharines, Ont. 

Executive Committee — Honourary. 

R. Ex. Comp. Oliver Ell wood, 

137 John Street, London, Ont. 

Executive Committee — Benevolence 

V. Ex. Comp. R. B. Dargavel, 

234 Evelyn Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. John J. Gardiner, 

Box 1471, Smiths Falls, Ont. 

R. Ex. Comp. George W. Slack, 

40 Fermanagh Ave.. Toronto, Ont. 

Grand Superintendents — 1937 

R. Ex. Comp. Elmer Russell Paling _ St. Clair District No. 1 

R.R. No. 1, Turnerville, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Roy Garl Nunn _ _ London " " 2 

Box 311, Parkhill, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. William Alexander Ferguson Wilson " " 3 

Port Dover, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. William Joseph Price Wellington " " 4 

Orangeville, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Robert Harvey Archibald Hamilton " " 5 

Box 145, Oakville, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Robert Clarence Thompson _ Huron " " 6 

Mildmay, Ont. 



R. Ex. Comp. Charles Henry Sheppard Niagara District No. 7 

Delaware Ave., Niagara Falls, Out. 
R. Ex. Comp. George Jones — Toronto East " " 8 

21 Wroxeter Ave., Toronto, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Joseph Leonard Maude Toronto West u " 8a 

80 Victor Ave., Mimico, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Rufus Ralph Wilson Georgian " " 9 

Box 576, Midland, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Morley Egerton Smith Ontario " " 10 

Box 67, Warkworth, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Wilfred Lawson Smith Prince Edward " " 11 

Madoc, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Howard Elliott Meadd St. Lawrence " " 12 

214 Bedford St., Cornwall, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. John Philip Cordukes Ottawa " " 13 

Westboro, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. George Blanchard Algoma " " 14 

102 Regent St., Port Arthur, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Kenneth Sinclair Clark New Ontario " " 15 

Box 555, Copper Cliff, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Edmund Albert Floyd Day. Temiskaming " " 16 

Box 1520, Timmins, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Samuel MoCormick . Yukon " " 17 

Princess St. and Sixth Ave., Dawson, Y.T. 

Elected by Grand Chapter 
R. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, 

126 Old Orchard Grove, Toronto, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Frank G. McLean, 

247 Garden Ave., Toronto, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. William L. Stewart, 

266 Egerton St., London, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comip. Ed. H. Brennan, 

Johnson St., Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Fred G. Smith, 

146 Broadway, Ottawa, Ont. 

Appointed by the Grand Z. 
R. Ex. Comp. Col. A. H. Monteith, K.C., 

Box 604, Paris, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. M. E. Sherwood, 

40 Wellington St. N., Woodstock, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. A. D. Mclntyre, 

c/o Bank Montreal, King and Bathurst Streets, Toronto, Ont, 
R. Ex. Comp. Col. R. V. Conover, 

Box 802, Brampton, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Wm. Downing, 

King St., Kitchener, Ont. 


Grand Z.'s. Address 

M. Ex. Comp. Walter H. Davis (Chairman), M. Ex. Comps. George 

Moore, A. S. Gorrell, W. N. Ponton, Kenneth J. Dunstan, Edwin Smith, 

Walter G. Price, Chas. W. Haentschel, Alex. Cowan, George L. Gardiner, 

and Harry H. Watson. 



V. Ex. Comp. R. B. Dargavel (Chairman), R. Ex. Comps. John J. 
Gardiner and George W. Slack. 

Audit and Finance 

R. Ex. Comp. Fred. G. Smith (Chairman), R. Ex. Comps. 0. Ellwood, 
J. L. Maude, R. G. Nunn, G. B. Blanchard, J P. Cordukes, and Wm. 


R. Ex. Comp. Oliver Ellwood (Chairman), Grand Z., Grand H., 
Grand J., Chairman Audit and Finance, Grand Treasurer and Grand 
Scribe E. 

Grievances and Appeals 

M. Ex. Comp. Alex. Cowan (Chairman), R. Ex. Comps. A. H. 
Monteith, W. A. Ferguson and W. L. Smith. 


R. Ex. Comps. Ed. H. Brennan (Chairman), R. Ex. Comps. E. R. 
Paling, R. H. Archibald and M. E. Smith. 

Conditions of Capitular Masonry 

R Ex. Comp. Frank G. McLean (Chairman), R. Ex. Comps. W. J. 
Price, Geo. Jones, H. E. Meadd and K. S. Clarke. 

Constitution, Laws and Jurisprudence 

R. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden (Chairman), M. Ex. Comps. K. J. 
Dunstan, W. H. Davis, W. G. Price and Edwin Smith. 

Fraternal Dead 

R. Ex. Comp. M. E. Sherwood (Chairman), R. Ex. Comps. R. C. 
Thompson, R. R. Wilson and E. A. F. Day 

Printing Committee 

R Ex. Comp. Wm. L. Stewart (Chairman), R. Ex. Comp. Chas. 
Sheppard, M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith. 

Educational Committee 

R. Ex. Comp. W. S. N. Enouy (Chairman), Ex. Comp. W. J. Dunlop 
and R. Ex. Comp. Rev. A. S. H. Cree. 

Fraternal Correspondence Committee 
M. Ex. Comp. Col. W. N. Ponton, K.C., (Chairman). 

Mileage and Per Diem 
R. Ex. Comp. A. D. Mclntyre (Chairman). 

Credential Committee 
R. Ex. Comp. R. V. Conover (Chairman). 

R. Ex. Comp. J. H. C. Woodward (Chairman). 





Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Elmer Russell Paling, 
R.R. No. 1, Turnerville. Ont. 


47. Wellington Chatham 

71. Prince of Wales Amherstburg 

73. Erie „ Ridgetown 

80. Ark Windsor 

88. MacNabb Dresden 


119. King Cyrus Leamington 

153. Sombra Wallaceburg 

164. Lome West Lome 

239. Blenheim Blenheim 

250. Thomas Peters Windsor 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Roy Garl Nunn, 
Box 311, Parkhill, Ont. 


3. St. John's London 

5. St. George's London 

15. Wawanosh Sarnia 

53. Bruce Petrolia 

54. Palestine St. Thomas 

74. Beaver Strathroy 

78. Minnewawa.... Parkhill 


81. Aylmer Aylmer 

150. London London 

214. Vimy Inwood 

238. The St. Andrew London 

242. St. Paul's Lambeth 

247. Nilestown Nilestown 

252. Hiawatha Sarnia 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. William Alexander Ferguson, 
Port Dover, Ont. 


18. Oxford Woodstock 

20. Mount Hereb Brantford 

23. Ezra Simcoe 


41. Harris Ingersoll 

115. Brant Paris 

253. Regal ......Port Dover 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. William Joseph Price 
Orangeville, Ont. 


32. Waterloo Gait 

40. Guelph Guelph 

67. Enterprise Palmerston 

83. Ionic Orangeville 

117. Kitchener Kitchener 


218. Prince Edward Shelburne 

221. Durham... Durham 

234. Halton Georgetown 

245. Preston Preston 




Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Robert Harvey Archibald, 
Box 145, Oakville, Ont. 


2. The Hiram Hamilton 

6. St. John's Hamilton 

75. St. Clair Milton 

104. White Oak Oakville 

155. Ancaster Ancaster 


175. The Hamilton Hamilton 

224. Keystone Hamilton 

236. Caledonia Caledonia 

243. McKay Stoney Creek 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Robert Clarence Thompson, 
Milmay, Ont. 


24. Tecumseh Stratford 

30. Huron Goderich 

46. St. James St. Marys 

63. Havelock Kincardine 

66. The Malloch Seaforth 


84. Lebanon Wingham 

129. Elliot Mitchell 

130. Chantry Southampton 

146. Bernard Listowel 

147. Lucknow Lucknow 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Charles Henry Sheppard, 
Delaware Ave., Niagara Falls, Ont. 


19. Mt. Moriah St. Catharines 

29. McCallum Dunnville 

55. Niagara Niagara 

57. King Hiram Pt. Colborne 

64. Willson Welland 


69. Grimsby Grimsby 

76. Mt. Nebo Niagara Falls 

184. Hugh Murray Fort Erie 

240. Smithville Smithville 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. George Jones, 
21 Wroxeter Ave., Toronto, Ont. 


4. St. Andrew and St. John 


8. King Solomon's Toronto 

60. Doric Newmarket 

62. York Toronto 

65. St. Paul's Toronto 

79. Orient Toronto 

135. Succoth Uxbridge 


145. The St. Patrick Toronto 

163. The Beaches Toronto 

205. Victoria ..Thornhill 

217. St. Alban's Toronto 

225. Beaver Toronto 

235. Aurora Aurora 

241. University Toronto 




Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Joseph Leonard Maude, 
40 Victor Ave., Mimico, Ont. 


77. Occident Toronto 

91. Antiquity— Toronto 

138. Shekinah- Toronto 

185. Toronto— Toronto 

195. Peel Brampton 

212. Mount Sinai— - ..Toronto 

215. Mimico Mimico 


219. Ulster Toronto 

220. Lebanon Lambton Mills 

230. Port Credit- Port Credit 

231. St. Clair- Toronto 

232. King Cyrus Toronto 

233. Oakwood Toronto 

246. Humber Weston 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Rufus Ralph Wilson, 
Box 576, Midland, Ont. 


27. Manitou Collingwood 

34. Signet..— Barrie 

56. Georgian Owen Sound 

86. Macpherson Meaford 


131. Amabel Wiarton 

167. Kichikewana Midland 

198. Couchiching Orillia 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Morley Egerton Smith, 
Box 67, Warkworth, Ont. 


28. Pentalpha Oshawa 

35. Keystone Whitby 

36. Corinthian Peterboro 

37. Victoria Port Hope 

45. Excelsior Colborne 

48. St. John's Cobourg 


94. Midland Lindsay 

1 10. Warkworth Warkworth 

134. King Darius Cannington 

139. St. Andrew's Havelock 

168. Ionic Campbellford 

249. Palestine Bowmanville 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Wilfred Lawson Smith, 
Madoc, Ont. 


7. The Moira Belleville 

26. St. Mark's Trenton 

31. Prince Edward Picton 

44. Mount Sinai Napanee 


72. Keystone Stirling 

144. Presque' Isle Brighton 

161. Madoc Madoc 

227. Quinte Friendship Belleville 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Howard Elliott Meadd, 
214 Bedford Street, Cornwall, Ont. 

1. Ancient Frontenac and Cataraqui 

22. Grenville Prescott 

59. Sussex Brockville 

68. Maitland N. Augusta 


100. St. Lawrence ..Brockville 

112. St. John's Morrisburg 

113. Covenant Cornwall 

132. Leeds Gananoque 




Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. John Philip Cordukes, 
Westboro, Ont. 


16. Carleton Ottawa 

61. Granite..... Almonte 

114. Bonnechere Renfrew 

116. Maple Carleton Place 

133. St. Francis Smith Falls 

143. Glengarry Maxville 


St. John's Vankleek Hill 

Laurentian Pembroke 

210. Kitchener Russell 

222. Ottawa Ottawa 

226. Prince of Wales Perth 

248. Dochert Arnprior 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. George Blanchard, 
102 Regent Street, Port Arthur, Ont. 


82. Shuniah Port Arthur 

90. Golden Kenora 

140. Ft. William Ft. William 


149. Atwood Rainy River 

152. Alberton Ft. Francis 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Kenneth Sinclair Clark, 
Box 555, Copper Cliff, Ont. 


58. Pembroke Mattawa 

95. Tuscan Sudbury 


102. Algonquin Sault Ste. Marie 

103. St. John's North Bay 


Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Edmund Albert Floyd Day, 
Box 1520, Timmins, Ont. 


169. Temiskaming._ New Liskeard 

203. Cobalt Cobalt 

213. Northern Lights Timmins 


223. Abitibi Iroquois Falls 

244. Cochrane Cochrane 

251. Kirkland Kirkland Lake 



Grand Superintendent — R. Ex. Comp. Samuel McCormick, 
Princess Street and Sixth Ave., Dawson City, Y.T. 

No. 154. Klondike Dawson, Y.T. 




Name of Chapter 

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Ancient Frontenac and 


The Hiram 

St. John's 

St. Andrew and St. John . . 

St. George's 

St. John's 

The Moira 

King Solomon's 




Mt. Moriah 

Mt. Horeb 




St. Mark's 





Prince Edward 








Mt. Sinai 


St. James 


St. John's 





King Hiram 








St. Paul's 

The Malloch 




Prince of Wales 




St. Clair 

Mount Nebo , 



















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St. Mary's 




St. Thomas 

Niagara-on-the-Lake . 

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Port Colborne 











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Port Arthur 


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T. N. Clark 

Jno. R. Deacon 

S. A. Peach 

Alex. Lawrence 

B. A. Mowles 

F. J. Smith 

H. S. McElrath.... 
Wm. N. King 

C. E. Clark 

F. A. McDarmid.. . 

A. C. Kendall 

Chas. Longhurst. . . 
Robt. K. Johnston. 

A. Attridge 

Wm. G. Smith 

A. Partridge 

M. W. Anderson. . . 

D. Mclntyre 

F. Manuel 

Jos. Wells 

C. MacDonald 

H. B. Tully 

R. Harrison 

H. J. Lougheed 

H. Pringle 

Fred'k. G. Mann. . 

E. K. Taylor 

A. J. Brydges 

A. W. Huntley 

Ernest Young 

A. G. Cracknell.... 
Fred. R. Clark.... 

L. H. Veale 

J. A. B. Wilson 

R. M. Story 

K. Woodward 

A. G. Hall 

J. G. Blackstone . . 

M. J. Burden 

A. I. Tongue 

W. C. Singleton.. . 

M. B. Cochrane. . . . 
A. H. J. Gilmore. . . . 

Val. Cottrill 

Wm. McQuitty 

W. E. Tindale 

Jas. A. Neilans 

C. W. Edmiston 

Thos. A. King 

Cecil Gowland 

Wm. E. Ayerst 

E. A. Carleton 

A. Graham 

O. G. Tremner 

W. E. Ford 

Wm. Springett 

Geo. W. Elms 

F. L. Lewin 

Geo. Duquid 

J. F. H. Hurley 

Chas. P. Horton. . . . 

Hugh Dalzell 

J. T. Thomas 

A. E. Hunt 

Alec. O'Dell 

Jas. A. Elgie 

Jas. J. Andrews. . . . 

H. E. Abell 

Bert Stephenson. . . 
Victor H. Graves. . . 

S. G. Tinker 

W. W. Simpson. . . . 

Geo. Powers 

R. H. Montgomery. 

A. N. Lindsay 

Wm. T. Sills 

E. A. Cook 

Jas. H. Shaw 

Jno. Stevenson 

J. E. McKibbon... 

Chas. P. Little 

N. W. Purdy 

D. R. Murphy 

W. G. McMillan... 

D. W. Gullett 

Jas. Ritchie 

Ed. R. Lewis 

Fred T. Rowe 

A. S. Couper 

H. Mitchell 

Roy M. Finlay. . . . 
W. F. Winlow 

E. J. Walters 

A. Wolfram. 

A. H. Francis 

J. G. Martin 

Chas. R. Gummow 
D. W. Duncan. . . . 

H. Martin 

Chas. A. Hall 

Geo. E. Atkey 

J. S. Allen 

H. H. Betts 

Wm. Rcot 

E. J. Lee 

W. E. Hofland 

Earl Hall 

Geo. Wells 

Sydney H. Jones 

Harry E. Jeffery 

R. G. Barton 

Wm. W. Bobier 

C. W. F. Carpenter.. 

H. H. Courtney 

T. W. Solmes 

Thos. E. Armstrong. . 

E. R. McNeill 

A. L. MacNabb 

Jno. R. Weare 

S. G. Newdick 

Roy G. Nunn 

D. S. L. MacDougall 
J. W. Ratcliffe, Jr. . . . 

Geo. Stewart 

A. P. Freed 

G. B. Hayes 







































































































































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Where Held 

Regular Convocation 

84 Lebanon 

86 Macpherson 

88 MacNabb 

90 Golden 

91 Antiquity 

94 Midland 

95 Tuscan 

100 St. Lawrence 

102 Algonquin 

103 St. John's 

104 White Oak 

110 Warkworth 

112 St. John's 

113 Covenant 

114 Bonnechere 

115 Brant 

116 Maple 

117 Kitchener 

119 King Cyrus 

129 Elliott 

130 Chantry 

131 Amabel 

132 Leeds , 

133 St. Francis 

134 King Darius 

135 Succoth 

138 Shekinah 

i39 St. Andrew's 

140 Fort William... 

143 Glengarry 

144 Presqu' He ... . 

145 The St. Patrick . 
1£6 Bernard , 

147 Lucknow 

148 St. John's 

149 Atwood 

150 London 

151 Laurentian. 

152 Alberton 

153 Sombra , 

154 Klondike 

155 Ancaster 

161 Madoc 

163 The Beaches 

164 Lome 

167 Kichikewana . . . 

168 Ionic 

169 Temiskamine. . . 
175 The Hamilton.. 

184 Hugh Murray. . . 

185 Toronto 

195 Peel 

198 Couchiching 

203 Cobalt 

205 Victoria 

210 Kitchener 

212 Mt. Sinai 

213 Northern Lights 

214 Vimy 

215 Mimico 

217 St. Alban's 

218 Prince Edward . . 

219 Ulster 

220 Lebanon 

221 Durham 









Sault Ste. Marie 

North Bay 





Renfrew , 

Paris , 

Carleton Place . , 



Mitchell , 

Southampton . . . 



Smith's Falls... 
Uxbridge ....... 



Fort William..., 






Rainy River 



Fort Francis 
Dawson, Y.T.... 




West Lome 


Campbellford . . . 
New Liskeard. . . 


Fort Erie North 






R ussell 








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86 L. Douglas 

88 W. D. Lawrence 

90 C. E. Letman 

91 H. Streeter 

94 Wm. J. Henderson 

95 H. E. Roseborough 

lOOThos. S. Young 

102 P. S. Jannison 

103 R. P. C. McLeod 

104 Roy F. Smith 

HOC. H. Irish 

112 D. A. Currie 

113 C. A. Markell 

114 H. W. Mayhew 

115 R. S. Stewart 

116 M. W. Rogers 

117 Irvin H. Tucker 

119 M. B. Truax 

129 W. H.Halfnight 

130 G. D. Martin 

131 Jno. V. Mills 

132 Jas. Dowsley 

133 G. H. Sheldon 

134 E. J. Hayes 

135 F. W. Reynolds 

138 E. H. Hughes 

139 D. Plunkett 

140 H. P. Barnsley 

143 R. A. Stewart 

144 W. T. D. Fritz 

145 F. V. Higginbottom 

146 D. L. Chapman 

147 W. B. Anderson 

148 J. N. McRae 

149 W. Hirst 

150 A. E. Selwey 

151 C. M. Purcell 

152 P. C. Freeberg 

153 J. R. Myers 

154 Jno. N. Spence 

155 Geo. J. Millar 

161 A. A. Pigden 

163 S. A. Griffin 

164 J. R. Milner 

167 J. A. Davidson 

168 Henry T. Scott 

169 W. H. Simmons 

175 Wm. J. Shaw 

184 D. W. Cook 

185 Donald Calder 

195 H. A. Wilson 

198 H. N. Baker 

203 J. Metcalfe 

205 Thos. R. Johnstone 

210 J. A. Gamble 

212 A. A. Goldenberg 

213 Frank Wills 

214 P. R. Urie 

215 Arthur Hurst 

217 H. A. F. Schytte 

218 T. E. Ferguson 

219 R. E. Storey 

220 W. F. Leuty 

221 Wm. H. Kress 

H. F. McGee 

F. H. Finley 

M. S. Blackburn... 
H. S. Galloway.... 

Jas. Herriot 

Chas. L. Davidson. 

W. H. Bain 

Geo. W. Morrison . 

L. E. Edmonds 

B. F. Nott 

F. G. McCallum... 

H. S. Allen 

Wm. C. Davy 

W. Reid 

Jas. P. Morrison. . . 

W. W. Tough 

H. E. Menzies 

W. R. Cooper 

Alvin Bunn 

Fred. Porterfield . . . 

R. B. Hillmer 

S. E. Foster 

Wilber Clow 

T. S. McDonald... 

Mason Horner 

V. M. Hare 

Jas. Reidford 

Robt. Anderson. . . 

Oliver Coles 

W. S. McLean 

Vernon Coulter 

W. R. Ledger 

W. N. Sargent 

W. A. Porteous. . . . 

D. A. Irvine 

Geo. S. Parker.... 

T. Welch 

D. W. Blakely 

J. R. Angus 

D. F. Johnson 

T. A. Firth 

H. K. Oglesby 

Geo. M. Wright. . . 

T. J. Mason 

H. J. Turner 

R. R. Wilson 

P. C. Denyes 

J. H. Brown 

Samuel Vila 

Jno. A. North 

Robt. Somerville . . 

R. V. Conover 

H. N. Reid 

T. H. Wainwright 
O. C. James 

E. L. La Salle.... 

Max Cooper 

Wm. W. White . . . 

F. W. Smith 

W. L. Penton 

H. E. Walker 

F. O. Fleming.... 
Jas. J. Murray . . . 

W. M. Creech 

Wm. M. Graham. 




























































































































































































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Port Credit. . . . 

Port Credit 


The St. Clair . . 





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Robt. G. White 


Wm. I. Cole 



D. J. McKee 

W. A. Maxwell 

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Geo. R. Armstrong 


D. P. Crichton 

F. R. Underhill 

M. E. Forster 

A. V. Sedgwick 

Fred W. Linley 

C. A. Merritt 



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No. 1. J. L. Abell, H. P. Buck, W. B. Blair, T. J. Elliott, F. Gibbs, 
E. A. Jackson, J. F. Johnston, A. Knox, G. A. Miller, 
W. Meldrim, G. Walker, T. H. King. 

No. 2. T. Bowen, H. R. Campbell, D. Craig, W. Curliss, W. G. H. 
Jones, A. Mitchell, E. E. Walker, J. A. Pidgeon, R. Trow- 
bridge, J. E. Williams, J. Plant, J. Ollertou, A. G. Thorn- 
ton, F. Ward, W. J. Nash, J. McGill, C. E. Bates, J. Clow, 
J. Fradenburg, T. S, Scott, H. Stroud, R. L. Potts, J. Rutten, 
C. Syer, F. Schwatcher, L. Smith, E. Wright. 

No. 3. A. E. Gibbons, S. H. Rowed, W. B. Scandrett, M. J. Suther- 
land, F. J. Thomson, G. L. Young, 

No. 4, J. E. Cottrell, G. W. Gordon, E. B. Jacobs, T. McCord. 

No. 5. B. Hart, G. A. Juck, E. A. Shaw, W. R. Shaw, H. Parnell, 
J. R. Steele. 

No. 6. F. E. Hitzroth, A. Hutton, A. J. Parker. 

No. 7. F. Austin, A. R. Ketcheson, C. D. Tice, W. Thomas, C. D. 

No. 8. C. E. Cornell, D' Estere, N. H. Murray, J. H. Payne, J. D. 
Sibbald, N. Williams, M. Wareham, H. Reeder. 

No. 18. W. G. Cockburn, G. E. Reid, J. L. Awde, L. W. Leifler, G. T. 
Murdock, W, B. Skinner, J. C. Bassett, J. W. Innis, W. J. 
Hetherington, R. Stewart, F. B. Snorden, E. C. Beaton, 
J. A. Lewis, P. Ryland, R. L. McGillowre. 

No. 19. C. M. Burgoyne, C. J. Harris, J. W. Nelles, W. H. Nunna- 
maker, H. E. Patrick, E. Rowan, T. W. Rowden, W. C. 
Ruddle, E. F. Seixas, J. R. Spaven, H. Switzer, F. Wherry. 
T. R. Rutherford, 

W. Gregory, H. Tripp, J. J. Shaver, R. W. Reid, N. R. Turner. 
R. C. A. Grice, W. L. McCully, W. H. Dorland, H. Johnstone, 

W. H. Dunbar, C. E. Dunbar. 
J. L. McLean, A. E. Cuff. 
C. H. L. MacDonald, H. E. Prentice. 

A. Storms, M. Storms, J. DeC. Hepburn, C. H. Laird, W. H. 
Clapp, W. Dope, G. Welch, R. D. Clinton, G. A. Arthur, 

B. Bongard, J. M. Carter. 

No. 34. W. C, 'Coles, R, McPhail, L. E. Myles, C. B. MoConkey, W. 

Rush, H. B. Rogers, F. Whitney. 
No. 37. J. P. Heard, A. V. Box, L. O. Pearse, A. J. Moore, H. E. 

Martin, H. O'Neil, L. H. Hewson, J. C. Eacherman, F. C. 

Limgard, V. W. Hudson, I. Walters, N. L. Walters, W. 

No. 41. V. L. Belyea, J. R. Beaton, G. Garlicik, W. J. Manzer, R. 

Morgan, H. B. MoCarty, H, Payne, B. Stirton, W. A. 

No. 45. A. G. Wiiloughby. 
No. 47. A. J. Crowe, R. J. Myers, H. C Parker, F. W. Lewis, C. B. 

Rayment, G. Peters, W. S. Campbell, E. R. Grandson, 

G. U. Mills, W. A. Little, A. J. McCall, R. H. Coulson, 

C. W. Symes, J. Reil, G. T. McDonald, D. Hamilton, J. C. 
Bell, G. D. Crewe, J. J. Lozo. 

No. 48. R. A. Neilson. 

No. 53. A. Sharp, E. E. Hopper, F. Hall, H. Sanderson, W. F. 
Carpenter, N. McKegan, J. Brown, R. Luke, J. Clubb. 















No. 61. A. B. Merilies, W. Illingworth, G. W. Thornton, C. G. Dunlop, 
T. Hamilton. 

No. 62. T. S. Beasley, N. Bissell, W. J. Bosworth, W. H. Hurley, W. 
A. Jones, W. T. Woody, D. Russell. 

No. 63. A. G. Mclntyre, T. C, Tovell, W. R. Brick, R. C. McKenzie, 
S. Farley, J. Kippen, J. R. Wittig. 

No. 65. J. E. Black, C. H. Cox, W. A. Lamport, J. W. Marner, E. B. 

No. 70. S. T. Parker, J. G. Holtby, H. S. Bell, F. J. Crozier, W. K. 
Hare, G. B. Moore. 

No. 71. G. H. Jones, J. E. McGee, C. Brush, R. Taylor, S. D. Eggleton, 
W. H. Bodes, E. Pearse, W. B. Wilson, G. H. Sutton, W. E. 
Steubing, J. E. Moffatt. 

No. 72. E. A. R. Luery, E. R. Thurston, E. W. Matthews, A. Cranston. 

No. 75. P. L. Robertson. 

No. 76. W. H. Mcintosh, F. S. Pearson, G. A. Powley, F. Reid, P. R. 
Reid, T. R. Sexsmith, C. H. Steele, J. E. Ward, O. Whitley, 
S. Woodhouse, J. E. Yorke, A. Bogardus, P. Bogardus, C. V. 
Bradford, J. A. Calvert, H. A. Campaigne, H. Hamilton, 
W. J. Hamilton, A. H. Hiccup, E. A. Jones, H. J. Leveer, 
C. J. Moyer. 

No. 77. N. W. Quensnel, A. Petrie, W. Scott, W. S. Atkins, C. L. 
Brooker, G. Sproule,, G. A. Brown, H. M. Dunn, W. G. 
Sayers, H. E. Green, A. A. Auld, W. E. Gummings, T. E. 
Phillips, D. Clark, R. Williams, J. Taylor, G. H. Holder, 
DeR. Wright, J. G. Bo-swell, R. Ballantyne, P. Sanderson, 
H. H. Stewart, P. L. David, T. Jenkins, W. Laurence, D. C, 
Barger, A. R. Taylor, W. O. Cantrell, A. R. Kenny, C. O. 
Sipprell, A. H. M. Ward, A. Davies, E. P. Higgins, J. C. 

No. 78. J. A. Brand, A. Cameron, W. J. Baker, J. W. Hodgins, 0. M. 

No. 79. F. E. Brooks, H. Butts, R. S. Dobson, C. E : . Larkin, D. A. 
Mathewson, J. Nelson, W. H. Smith, M. Hollingshead, R. C. 
Todd, J. L. Reid. 

No. 80. W. D. Armstrong, E. P. Anderson, W. A. Augustine, S. W. 
Aiken, D. C. Andros, G. B. Allfeck, J. S. Bell, C. M. Bennett, 
F. Barclay, H. C. Black, R. Banwell, W. €'. Bailey, C. E. 
Best, A. J., Brush, W. H. Brumpton, W. F. Braum, J. S. 
Beaumont, R. Burton, €, R. Burns, C. W. Gadwell, J. D. 
Chick, C. A. Chilvers, C. B. Chick, B. H. Chick, A. R. Claus, 
E. P. Caunce, D. L. Caniff, J. Crawford, €. J. DeFields, 
E. R. DelaHaye, H. E. Depew, M. S. Douglas, A. M. Dins- 
more, D. J. Dales, S. L. Entwhistle, A. H. Ellis, W. S. 
Elstone, A. Enson, €. W. Flinniken, L. J. Fox, R. B. 
Fathers, W. D. Fettes, J. H. Green, D. W. Gold, T. D. 
Greig, H. F. Geeseman, G. H. Gooch, D. B. Greig, P. N. 
Gardner, A. P. Havrane, C. R. Hall, W. H. Hines, P. Howe, 
A. J. Herod, W. R. Head, G. Hope, C. B. Hyde, G. Hainer, 
T. G. Howe, G. Howieson, E. R. Hess, S. S. Ireland, G. 
Panison, H. Jackson, J. L. Jackson, G. H. Johnstone, W. L. 
Johnstone, C. H. Langwith, W. E.. Lord, A. A. Little, P. L. 
Louks, J. W. Lome, J. 0. Leverick, C. L. Long-man, A. 
Linney, A. H. Levy, H. R. Latham, H. Lew, J. MacKett, 
C. H. Moore, R. J. Moore, A. Munson, F. Munson, W. 



Morton, W. Miller, H. E. Mollard, N. H. Mikleham, H. B. 
Malott, L. C. Monger, R. F. Miller, G. H. Markham, G. C. 
Middleton, R. G. Morrice, R. Massey, J. Macon, T. A. Muir, 
R. W. Macdonald, T. J. McConnell, P. J. McConnell, J. W. 
McConnell, A. J. McTavish, D. M. Maclntyre, R. B. Mc- 
Williams, W. H. McKiggan, G. McKee, W. H. McAllister, 
W. MacDonaldi, C. E. MacDonald, J. F. O'Neill, J. C. 
Pennington, J. A. Phibbs, C. E. Paddon, C. P. Powell, C. R. 
Paddon, C. Prettie, W. R. H. Penn, W. C. Peck, J. A. 
Patterson, R. N. Parsons, H. S. Pritchard, C. Patterson, 
P. E. Peterson, W. H. Potter, M. H. Rapsey, W. Reid, A. 
E. Russell, W. E. Roberts, W. Rudkins, W. Russell, E. 
Sansburn, P. A. Smith, A. C, Symes, A. T. Sparrow, C. T. 
Smith, L. W. Swan, G. Stewart, A. D. Smith, V. J. Sweet, 
J. Storey, H. J. Sutherland, G. C. Scott, L. L. Smith, A. 
Seeds, S. Smith, F. Slater, W. N. Somerville, N. T. Sutton, 
C. A. Smith, R, S. Smith, D. Tasker, G. F. Turner, F. A. 
Thornton, T. T. Telford, C. A. Thayer, G. Turnbull, C. R. 
Tweeney, G. G. Townsend, J. E, S. Taylor, F. R. Trrwin, 
J. M. Vicary, J. Vallenci, C. R. Van Wagoner, F. R. Vallans, 
C. R. Wickens, J. A. Wicken, G. F. Warlow, G. A. Wilson, 
R. A. Wiggins, M. Wightman, J. F. Whyte, C. Wodham, 
W. E. Winder, F. Woodall, W. Woodall, C. Wood, J. White, 
C. Wells, A. E. Warrick, N. D. White, C. D. Yahns. 

No. 81. A. Dell, N. J. Murray. 

No. 84. J. R. Adair, A. J. Busch, R. Brooks, D. Calvert, W. E. Willis, 
A. J. Wells, H. Duncan, D. S. Halliday, J. E. Irwin, G. 
Oliver, E. T. Telker. 

No. 86. E. H. Stephens, F. W. Fitzgerald. 

No. 88. A. McDonald, W. B- Smith. 

No. 90. D. J. Frejd, D. L. Mather, C. G. McLeod, J. Gibson, W. Pitt- 

No. 91. T. B, Atkins, J. N. Bullock, J. J. Bowers, A. ^ "r L. G. 
Brown, C. W. Burch, R. Robbins, R. Wilson, H. K. . ^aw, 
T. E. Bolton, W. J. Gordon, G. P. Hutton, J. L. Hopp. T 
Pemiber, A. Parker, J. H. Whitton. 

No. 100. K. Moxley, W. T. Walby, C. Steeper. 

No. 102. H. G. F. Courtney, T. H. Magill, H. L. Robertson, A. L. W. 

No. 104. W. L. Maratt, F. Cavanagh, R. O. Fisher, C. F. Doty, R. 
Felan, S. C. Morden, H. Lindensmith, C. Naylor, W. B. 
Emery, K. R. McGregor, J. Belyea, J. Weatherall, A. G. 

No. 110. A. G. Armstrong, O. A. Richardson, W. C. Barwell. 

No. 112. C. W. Marsh. 

No. 113. C. H. Anderson, J. W. Duval, E. W. S. Wood, J. N. Bird, W. 
L. Beattie, W. H. Hough, D. C. B. McGillivary, R. Yuill, 
W. B. Newton, R. E. Gillespie, C. McRae, C. T. McQuaig, 
A. R. McEwan, S. Robertson, S. G. Cameron, W. L. Hardy, 
E. Shaver, R, Bingley. 

No. 115. A. Brimstone. 

No. 130. W. A. McAuley. 

No. 131. E. R. Wigle, A. L. S. Corrigan. 

No. 132. A. Carey, R. F. Hungerfcrd, C. C. Skinner, W. H. Toner, 
G. W. Woods. 


No. 133. H. Hagan, R. Hood,, T. H. H. Hall, W. R. Pereival, C. Mc- 

Cann, J. SempUe. 
No. 139. G. A. Mathison, R. J. Chambers, J. Wood, H. J. Pollock, J. H. 

Hartle, G. A. Elliott. 
No. 140. J. M. Brown, J. A. Bergstrom, E. W. Cameron, T. 0. Cliffe, 

J. E. Chapman, A. E. Griffon, F. L. Hartry, W. J. H. 

Mason, G. W. Mullholland, H. A. Nicks, J. C. McEwen, M. 

McLeod, G., R. Stephens, H. F. Young, G. G. Miller, H. W. 

No. 144. W. H. Marsh, R. B. Wells, G. A. L. Thirne, W. H. Smith. 
No. 145. G. D. Cuming, I. T. Liliico, A. Lamourax, W. S. Matthew, S. 

E. Tod, J. H. Williams. 

No. 146. W. S. Donaldson, H. Forest, T. J. Hurst, G. Johnston, C. 
Wombell, D. S. Kerr, B. C. Lynn, R. Moore, L. Schure, 
A. G. Shiell, J. C. Stewart. 

No. 147. J. B. McDonald, A. W. Matheson, R. Ritchie, J. M. Cassels. 

No. 148. H. B. Partridge, A. L. Timbers. 

No. 150. W. J. Moorehead, J. Watt, T. W. Merian, G. F. Avery, W. H. 
Judge, W. A. Hobbs, G. Dickson, G. Flood', J. W. Manning, 
C. M. Quick, W. C. Clark, J. Smythe, G. W. Oliver, F. A. 
Hall, D. J. Gooderham, R. Stringie, W. R. Bowley, R. Cam- 
bridge, G. H. Doherty, A. C. Calder, J. J. Russell, H. G. 
Boss, T. Moffatt, M. H. Smith, T. Thomas, D. H. Williams, 
W. L. Gowie, M. A. Dann, G. W. Fish. 

No. 152. F. A. Schieder, A. P. Bowen, H. M. Carnahan. 

No. 163. E. A. Willis. 

No. 164. W. G. Cuthbertson, W. R. Vance, P. A. McVicar, J. Tinlin. 

No. 169. J. Houston, R. C. Walton. 

No. 184. G. C. Smith, C. Cline, A. E. Bartlett, F. W. -Cutts. 

No. 203. E. E. Harris, H. Phelps, F. A. Sullivan, W. R. Thompson, 

F. L. Hill, H. Short, F. H. Tripp, F. W. Thompson. 

No. 205. S. A. Allsop, F. Patton, W. Brotherton, T. Knaptor, G. C. 

No. 213. P. M. Gordon, J. V. Macllven. 

No. 214. L. W. Oke, H. A. Gilray, F. Northcott, A. Adair, W. McClung. 
No. 215. W. B. Curtis, T. S. Yarrow. 
No. 220. M. Nash. 

No. 221. J. A. McLachlan, W. C. McLachlan, M. McCallum. 
No. 222, B. M. Lemlin, R. Henham, W. O. Pickthorne. 
No. 224. R. H. Ackert, H. C. Bates, A. E. Evans, J. J. Hains, R. C. 

Inkster, J. Lockhart, W. E. Omand, W. A. Servos, E. J. 

Sarson, J. Simpson, W. P. Tinsley. 
No. 225. €. W. Davis, E. Hay, T. Marshall, A. B. Mitchell, T. Sefton. 
No. 227. C. E. Robinson. 

No. 2!31. T. Bell, H. Colheran, W. S. White, L. D. Brown. 
No. 232. F. J. Denning, W. T. Ferguson, J. Hicks, W. F. McKenzie, 

J. W. Patrick, W. F. Rogers. 
No. 234. H. Pettigrew, G. O. Brown, W. J. Reid, G. H. Gillies, F. S. 

Blow, J. N. Cameron, A. Rorrington, T. Soujmgeour, J. 

Woods, W. G. N. Brown, W. Evans, C. W. Moreton, C. W. 

Graham, R. Sherwood, G. Davis. 
No. 235. F. E. Boyes, H. Dawson, F. A. Montgomery, E. Johnstone. 
No, 241. D. M. Gowdy, G. Young, E. J. Hainsworth, W. B. Seaton, F. 

J. Hambly, H. Rea, C. E. Crawlev, J. W. Roddick. 
No. 242. C. T. Hollis, T. Mack, C. L. Thornton. 



No. 246. H. H. Rudolph, G. J. Maxwell, W. K. Shannon. 
No. 249. B. J. Hazelwood, G. R. Mason, H. D. Clemens. 
No. 251. W. M. Durnford, E. B. Knapp, W. Jones, G. S. Young, T. 



No. 3. 

E. O. Rindelhart. 

No. 5. 

W. H. Arthur, J. M. Rice. 

No. 19. 

Walter C. Ruddle. 

No. 20. 

J. Gibbs. 

No. 27. 

J. W. McConnell. 

No. 29. 

W. T. Fralick, A. L. Norton. 

No. 32. 

T. H. McLaren. 

No. 40. 

F. A. Lewis. 

No. 47. 

F. E. Trump our. 

No. 54. 

T. E. Neely. 

No. 76. 

C. V. Bradford, W. Smeaton. 

No. 79. 

J. EL Champion. 

No. 84. 

H. F. Drummond, F. G. Smith. 

No. 100. 

F. R. Pratt. 

No. 103. 

H. L. Gomoll. 

No. 119. 

W. B. Rowley. 

No. 134. 

E. 'Coirnfoot. 

No. 140. 

R. A. Ross, C. L. Bruce, W. J. Iball. 

No. 144. 

A. F. Clark. 

No. 145. 

W. H. Corbett, C. F. Bolton, R. W. Hull. 

No. 152. 

E. A. Schieder. 

No. 164. 

C. F. Neil. 

No. 175. 

A. R. Bell. 

No. 184. 

V. S. Burton. 

No. 198. 

D. M. McDonough. 

No. 225. 

W. J. Brackner, A. Clarke. 

No. 233. 

J. J. Shelley. 



1. A. E. Hunt, 520 Frontenac St., Kingston, Ont. 

2. Alex. O'Dell, 155 Wellington St. S., Hamilton, Ont. 

3. J. A. Elgie, 907 Lome Ave., London, Ont. 

4. J. J. Andrews, 109 Douglas Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

5. H. E. Abell, 34 Evergreen Ave., London, Ont. 

6. Bert Stephenson, Box 181, Hamilton, Ont. 

7. Victor H. Graves, 221 Albert St., Belleville, Ont. 

8. Stanley G. Tinker, 75 Kingsmount Park Rd., Toronto, Ont. 

15. W. W. Simpson, City Hall, Sarnia, Ont. 

16. Geo. Powers, 16 Rideau Terrace, Ottawa, Ont. 

18. R. D. Montgomery, 472 Dundas St., Woodstock, Ont. 

19. A. N. Lindsay, 222 iSt. Paul St., St. Catharines, Ont. 

20. G. T. Trenwith, 114 ■Colborne St. W., Brantford, Ont. 

22. E. A. Cook, P.O. Box 400, Prescott, Ont. 

23. Jas. H. Shaw, R.R. No. 4, Simcoe, Ont. 

24. Jno. Stevenson, 72 Ontario St., Stratford, Ont. 


26. J. E. McKibbon, P.O. Box 810, Trenton, Ont. 

27. F. C. Bendle, Box 620, Collingwood, Ont. 

28. N. W. Purdy, 386 King St. West, Oshawa, Ont. 

29. D. R. Murphy, Box 355, Dunnville, Ont. 

30. W. G. McMillan, Box 473, Goderich, Ont. 

31. Dr. D. W. Gullett, Box 251, Picton, Ont. 

32. Jas. Ritchie, 16 Middleton St., Gait, Ont. 

34. Ed. R, Lewis, 24 Wellington St., (394), Barrie, Ont. 

35. Fred T. Rowe, Box 491, Whitby, Ont. 

36. A. S. Couper, 247 Englebum Ave., Peterboro, Ont. 

37. H. Mitchell, Box 517, Port Hope, Ont. 

40. Roy M. Finlay, 42 Central St., Guelph, Ont. 

41. W. F. Winilaw, Box 128, Beachville, Ont. 

44. E. J. Walters, Box 224, Napanee, Ont. 

45. Andrew Wolfrain, Box 12, Castleton, Ont. 

46. A. H. Francis, Box 912, St. Marys, Ont. 

47. J. G. Martin, 24 Lansdowne Ave., Chatham, Ont. 

48. Chas. R. Gummow, P.O. Box 265, Cobourg, Ont. 

53. Dr. D. W. Duncan, P.O. Box 694, Petrolia, Ont 

54. H. Mortin, 79 Rains St., St. Thomas, Ont. 

55. Chas. A. Hall, P.O. Box 167, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. 

56. Geo. E. Atkey, 254— 6th St. East, Owen Sound, Ont. 

57. J. S. Allen, P.O. Box 55, Port Colborne, Ont. 

58. H. H. Betts, P.O. Box 55, Mattawa, Ont. 

59. Wm. Root, 40 Pine St., Brockville, Ont. 

61. E. J. Lee, P.O. Box 355, Almonte, Ont. 

62. W. E. Hofland, 5 Eglinton Ave. E., Toronto, Ont. 

63. Earl Hall, P.O. Box 229, Kincardine, Ont. 

64. Geo. Wells, cor. Hellens Ave. and Division St., Welland, Ont. 

65. Sydney H. Jones, Trinity College, Toronto, Ont. 

66. Harry E. Jeffery, P.O. Box 37, Seaforth, Ont. 

67. R. G. Barton, P.O. Box 212, Palmerston, Ont. 

68. W. W. Bobier, North Augusta, Ont. 

69. C. W. F. Carpenter, P.O. Box 388, Grimsby, Ont. 

71. H. H. Courtney, Dalhousie St., Amherstburg, Ont. 

72. Thos. W. Solmes, P.O. Box 6, Stirling, Ont. 

73. Thos. E. Armstrong, P.O. Box 326, Ridgetown, Ont. 

74. E. R. McNeill, Strathroy, Ont. 

75. A. L. MacNabb, P.O. Box 205, Milton, Ont. 

76. Jno. R. Weare, 2499 Cleveland Ave., Niagara Falls, Ont. 

77. Sydney G. Newdick, 189 Marion St., Toronto, Ont. 

78. R. S. Freel, Parkhill, Ont. 

79. D. S. L. MacDougall, 115 Jaekman Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

80. J. W. Ratcliffe, Jr., 535 Partington Ave., Windsor, Ont. 

81. Geo. Stewart, P.O. Box 483, Springfield, Ont. 

82. A. P. Freed, P.O. Box 85, Port Arthur, Ont. 

83. Gordon B. Hayes, Orangeville, Ont. 

84. Harry F. McGee, Box 37, Wingham, Ont. 
86. F. H. Finley, Box 135, Meaford, Ont. 

88. M. S. Blackburn, P.O. Box 242, Dresden, Ont. 

90. H. S. Galloway, P.O. Box 963, Kenora, Ont. 

91. Jas. Herriot, 8 Glen-Avon Road, Toronto, Ont. 

94. Chas. L. Davidson, 102 Kent St. West, Lindsay, Ont. 

95. W. H. Bain, P.O. Box 142, Sudbury, Ont. 

100. Geo. W. Morrison, 156 King St. West, Brockville, Ont. 


102. L. E. Edmonds, 522 Wellington St. East, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. 

103. Dr. B. F. Nott, P.O. Box 55, North Bay, Ont. 

104. F. J. McCallum, Oakvillc, Ont. 

110. H. S. Allen, P.O. Box 10, Warkworth, Ont. 

112. Dr. Will C. Davy, Drawer 40, Morrisburg, Ont. 

113. W. Reid, 229 Fourth St. East, Cornwall, Ont. 

114. Jas. P. Morrison, P.O. Box 568, Renfrew, Ont. 

115. W. W. Tough, P.O. Box 68, Paris, Ont. 

116. H. E. Menzies, 17 Beckwith St., (654), Carleton Place, Ont. 

117. W. R. Cooper, 68 Lancaster St. West, Kitchener, Ont. 
119. Alvin Bunn, P.O. Box 106, Leamington, Ont. 

129. Fred Porterfield, P.O. Box 16, Mitchell, Ont. 

130. H. B. Hilmer, Southampton, Ont. 

131. Dr. S. E. Foster, P.O. Box 181, Wiarton, Ont. 

132. Wilbur Clow, Gananoque, Ont. 

133. T. S. McDonald, P.O. Box 1142, Smiths Falls, Ont. 

134. Mason Horner, P.O. Box 135, Cannington, Ont. 

135. V. M. Hare, P.O. Box 32,2, Uxbridge, Ont. 

138. Jas. Reidford, 25 Brookside Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

139. Robt. Anduson, P.O. Box 504, Havelock, Ont. 

140. Edward Hewitt, Fort William, Ont. 

143. W. Stirling McLean, Maxville, Ont. 

144. Vernonl Coulter, R.R. No. 3, Brighton, Ont. 

145. W. R. Ledger, 128 Collier St., Toronto, Ont. 

146. W. Harry Sargent, P.O. Box 273, Listowel, Ont. 

147. W. A. Porteous, P.O. Box 257, Lucknow, Ont. 

148. Dr. D. A. Irvine, P.O. Box 171, Vankleek Hill, Ont. 

149. Geo. S. Parker, Box 123, Rainy River, Ont. 

150. Tom Welch, 573 Central Ave., London, Ont. 

151. D. W. Blakely, P.O. Box 198, Pembroke, Ont. 

152. J. R. Angus, P.O. Box 92, Fort Francis, Ont. 

153. D. F. Johnson, 329 William St., Wallaceburg, Ont. 

154. T. A. Firth, P.O. Box 527, Dawson, Y.T. 

155. Harry K. Oglesby, 25 Broadway St., Hamilton, Ont. 
161. Geo. M. Wright, P.O. Box 128, Madoc, Ont. 

163. Thos. J. Mason, 23 Scott St., Toronto, Ont. 

164. H. J. Turner, West Lome, Ont. 

167. Ralph R. Wilson, P.O. Box 576, Midland, Ont. 

168. P. C. Denyes, P.O. Box 440, Campbellford, Ont. 

169. J. H. Brown, P.O. Box 675, New Liskeard, Ont 
175. Samuel Vila, 241 McNab St. South, Hamilton, Ont. 

184. Jno. A. North, P.O. Box 105, Fort Erie North, Ont. 

185. Robt. Somerville, 127 Garden Ave., Toronto, Ont. 
195. R. V. Conover, P.O. Box 802, Brampton, Ont. 
198. H. H. Reid, 41 Naywash St., Orillia, Ont. 

203. T. H. Wainwright, P.O. Box 663, Cobalt, Ont. 

205. O. C. James, P.O. Box 48, Thornhill, Ont. 

210. E. L. Lasalle, Russell, Ont. 

212. Max Cooper, 32 Ardmore Road, Toronto, Ont. 

213. Wm. W. White, P.O. Box 1053, Timmins, Ont. 

214. Foster W. Smith, R.R. No. 1, Alvinston, Ont. 

215. E. J. Everett, 11 Symons St., Mimico, Ont. 

217. H. E. Walker, 85 Glebeholme Blvd., Toronto, Ont. 

218. F. O. Fleming, P.O. Box 84, Shelburne, Ont. 

219. Jas. J. Murray, 307 Kendal Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

220. W. M. Creech, Lambton Mills, Ont. 


221. W. M. Graham, P.O. Box 188, Durham, Ont. 

222. A. H. McKee, 145 Patterson Ave., Ottawa, Ont. 

223. J. R. Spence, P.O. Box 125, Iroquois Falls, Ont. 

224. J. S. Drysdale, 800 Cannon St. East, Hamilton, Ont. 

225. Sam Spencer, 39 Heyworth Cres., Toronto, Ont. 

226. H. A. Dunne, P.O. Box 51, Perth, Ont. 

227. Wm. I. Cole, P.O. Box 9, Corbyville, Ont. 

230. W. A. Maxwell, P.O. Box 242, Port Credit, Ont. 

231. P. Bach, 183 Grace St., Toronto, Ont. 

232. Kenneth N. Carrie, 58 Roncesvalles Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

233. John Burns, 116 Craighurst Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

234. David' P. Orichton, P.O. Box 93, Georgetown, Ont. 

235. F. R. Underbill, P.O. Box 546, Aurora, Ont. 

236. M. E. Foster, P.O. Box "P," Caledonia, Ont. 

238. A. V. Sedwick, 428 McKenzie Ave., London, Ont. 

239. Fred W. Linley, P.O. Box 6, Blenheim, Ont. 

240. C. A. Merritt, R.R. No. 1, Smithville, Ont 

241. P. W. Rogers, 144 Geoffrey St., Toronto, Ont. 

242. J. C. Crinklaw, R.R. No. 2, Wilton Grove, Ont. 

243. C. J. Smith, 119 Hunter St. West, Hamilton, Ont. 

244. Frank W. Stopps, P.O. Box 367, Cochrane, Ont. 

245. H. C. Clare, 666 Hamilton St., Preston, Ont. 

246. Jas. M. Gibson, 7 Vimy Ave., Weston, Ont. 

247. G. H. Martin, 204 Elgin St., London, Ont. 

248. H. C. Gardner, Arnprior, Ont. 

249. R. M. Cotton, P.O. Box 206, Bowmanville, Ont. 

250. Wm. Gillespie, 1271 Lincoln Rd., Walkerville, Ont. 

251. Ken, Griffin, c/o Teck-Hughes Mines, Kirkland Lake, Ont. 

252. Ed. J. Marshall, 226 Proctor St., Sarnia, Ont. 

253. Ernest Hind, Port Dover, Ont. 

No. 1937. 

1. T. N. Clark, 159 Collingwood St., Kingston, Ont. 

2. Robert J. Deacon, 21 Edward St., Hamilton, Ont. 

3. Chas. A. Hutchison, 228 Whamcliffe Rd., North, London, Ont. 

4. Alex. Lawrence, 148 Roehampton Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

5. B. A. Mowles, 785 Princess Ave., London, Ont. 

6. Frank J. Smith, 60 King -St. W T est, Hamilton, Ont. 

7. Harper S. McElrath, 278 Bleecker Ave., Belleville, Ont. 

8. William H. King, 25 Glebeholme Blvd., Toronto, Ont. 

15. C. E. Clarke, 1321 Kathleen Ave., Sarnia, Ont. 

16. F. A. McDearmid, 174 Fourth Ave., Ottawa, Ont. 

18. A. C. Kendall, 297 Joint St., Woodstock, Ont. 

19. Chas. Longhurst, 24 Wolseley Ave., St. Catharines, Ont. 

20. Robt. K. Johnston, 84 Port St., Brantford, Ont. 

22. Alva Attridge, Wood St., Prescott, Ontario, 

23. Wm. G. Smith, Box 276, Simcoe, Ont. 

24. Arthur Partridge, 209 John St., Stratford, Ont. 

26. M. W. Andison, Box 547, Trenton, Ont. 

27. Duncan Mclntyre, Box 270, Collingwood, Ont. 

28. F. Manuel, 211 Gibb St., Oshawa, Ont. 

29. Jos. Wells, R.R. No. 5, Dunnville, Ont. 

30. C. MacDonald, Box 295, Goderich, Ont. 


31. H. B. Tully, Picton, Ont. 

32. Richard Harrison, 18 Wright Ave., Gait, Ont. 

34. H. J. Lougheed, 60 William St., AMandale, Ont. 

35. Herbert L. Pringle, Brock St. South, Whitby, Ont. 

36. Frederick G. Mann, 199 London St., Peterbo rough, Ont. 

37. E. K. Taylor, Port Hope, Ont. 

40. Albert J. Brydges, 98 Gordon St., Guelph, Ont. 

41. A. W. Huntley, Ingerso'll, Ont. 

44. Ernest Young, Wilton, Ont. 

45. Arthur G. Oracknell, Box 341, Colborne, Ont. 

46. Fred. R. Clark, Church St. South, St. Marys, Ont. 

47. L. H. Veale, 175 Thames St., Chatham, Ont. 

48. Jno. A. B. Wilson, R.R. No. 5, Cobourg, Ont. 

53. R. M. Story, Petrolia, Ont. 

54. K. Woodward, 45 Redan St., St. Thomas, Ont. 

55. Albert G. Hall, Box 167, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. 

56. J. C. Blackstome, 518— 8th St. A, East, Owen Sound, Ont. 

57. M. J. Burden, Port Colborne, Ont. 

58. A. I. Tongue, Mattawa, Ont. 

59. W. C. Singleton, Pearl St., Brockville, Ont. 

61. M. B. Cochran, R.R. No. 1, Almonte, Ont. 

62. A. H. J. Gilmore, Box 110, Newtonbrook, Ont. 

63. Val. Cottrill, Kincardine, Ont. 

64. Wm. McQuitty, 17 Wilton Ave., Welland, Ont. 

65. Dr. W. E. Tindale, 711 Dovercourt Rd,, Toronto, Ont. 

66. Jas. A. Neilans, Londesboro, Ont. 

67. C. W. Edmiston, Palmerston, Ont. 

68. Thos. A. King, North Augusta, Ont. 

69. Cecil Gowland, Grimsby, Ont. 

71. Wm. E. Ayerst, Amherstburg, Ont. 

72. E. A. Carleton, Box 7, Stirling, Ont. 

73. Angus Graham, Ridgetown, Ont. 

74. 0. G. Tremner, Front St., Strathroy, Ont. 

75. Wilbert E. Ford, R.R. No. 4, Milton, Ont. 

76. Wm. Springett, 1004 Fifth Ave., Niagara Falls, Ont. 

77. Geo. W. Ellmis, 34 Hazelwood Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

78. Frank L. Leviine (Rev.), St. James' Rectory, Parkhill, Ont. 

79. Geo. Duguid, 354 Dupont St., Toronto, Ont. 

80. Jno. F. H. Hurley, 480 Grove Ave., Windsor, Ont. 

81. Chas. A. Horton, Box 306, Aylmer, Ont. 

82. Hugh Dalzell, 107 Prospect Ave., Port Arthur, Ont. 

83. Dr. J. T. Thomas, Caledon, Ont. 

84. H. L. Sherbondy, Box 427, Wingham, Ont. 
86. L. Douglas, Berry St., Meaford, Ont. 

88. W. D. Lawrence, R.R. No. 5, Dresden, Ont. 

90. C. E. Letman, Box 170, Kenora, Ont. 

91. H. Streeter, 553 Jones Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

94. Dr. Wm. J. Henderson, 35 Cambridge St. North, Lindsay, Ont. 

95. H. E. Roseborough, 254 Edmund St., Sudbury, Ont. 
100. Thos. S. Young, 93 Bethune St., Brockville, Ont. 

102. P. S. Jannison, 633 Albert St. East, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. 

103. R. P. C. McLeod, 138 Durrill St., North Bay, Out. 
110. C. H. Irish, Warkworth, Ont. 

112. D. A. Currie, Morrisburg, Ont. 

113. C. A. Markell, 121 Third St, West, Cornwall, Ont. 


114. H. W. Mayhew, Hyndford, Ont. 

115. R. S. Stewart, Paris, Ont. 

116. M. W. Rogers, Sarah St., Carleton Place, Ont. 

117. Irvin H. Tucker, 11 Spring St., Waterloo, Ont. 
119. M. B. Truax, R.R. No. 1, Leamington, Ont. 

129. W. H. Half night, Mitchell, Ont. 

130. G. D. Martin, Port Elgin, Ont. 

131. John V. Mills (Rev.), Walkerton, Ont. 

132. Jas. Dowsley, Gananoque, Ont. 

133. G. H. Sheldon, Smiths Falls, Ont. 

134. E. J. Hayes, Box 134, Cannington, Ont, 

135. F. W. Reynolds, Box 205, Uxbridge, Ont. 

138. Earl H. Hughes, 14 Maryland Blvd., Toronto, Ont. 

139. Donald Plunkett, Havelock, Ont. 

140. J. H. P. Barnsley, 217 S. Norah St., Fort William, Ont. 

143. R. A. Stewart, Dunvegan, Ont. 

144. W. T. D. Fritz, R.R. No. 3, Brighton, Ont. 

145. F. V. Higginbottom, 103 Hillsdale Ave West, Toronto, Ont. 

146. D. L. Chapman, Box 269, Listowel, Ont. 

147. W. B. Anderson, Box 213, Lucknow, Ont. 

148. J. N. McRae, Box C, Vankleek Hill, Ont. 

149. Wm. Hirst, Box 181, Rainy River, Ont. 

150. A. E. Selwey, 1003 Lome Ave., London, Ont. • 

151. €. M. Purcell, 325 William St., Pembroke, Ont. 

152. P. C. Freeberg, Box 613, Fort Frances, Ont. 

153. J. R. Myers, 1004 James St., Wallaceburg, Ont. 

154. John N. Spence, Third Ave., Dawson, Y.T. 

155. George J. Millar, Dundas, Ont. 

161. Arthur J. Figden, R.R, No. 2, Madoc, Ont. 

163. S. A. Griffin, 113 Raimsford Road, Toronto, Ont. 

164. V. E. Lemon, West Lome, Ont. 

167. J. A. Davidson, Port McNieoll, Ont. 

168. Henry T. iScott, Box 178, Campbellford, Ont. 

169. W. H. Simmons, Box 825, New Liskeard, Ont. 
175. Wm. J. Shaw, 17 Herkimer St., Hamilton, Ont. 

184. D. W. Cook, Box 420, Fort Erie, Ont. 

185. Donald Calder, 9 Grenview Blvd., Toronto, Ont. 
195. H. A. Wilson, Box 263, Brampton, Ont. 

198. H. N. Baker, 66 Peter St. South, Orillia, Ont. 

203. J. Metcalfe, Box 234, Cobalt, Ont. 

205. Thos. R. Johnstone, Northmount, Ont. 

210. J. A. Gamble, Russell, Ont. 

212, A. Aaron Goldeniberg, 75 Humewood Dr., Toronto, Ont. 

213. Frank Wills, Box 353, Schumacher, Ont. 

214, Dr. P. R. Urie, Watford, Ont. 

215. Arthur Hurst, 39 Hillside Ave., Mimico, Ont. 

217. H. A. F. Sohytte, 64 West Marion St., Toronto, Ont. 

218. Thos. E. Ferguson, R.R. No. 2, Laurel, Ont. 

219. R. E. Story, 248 Heath St., Toronto, Ont. 

220. W. F. Leuty, R.R. No. 2, Malton, Ont. 

221. Wm. H. Kress, Box 322, Durham, Ont. 

222. W. D. Taylor, 296 MacKay St., Ottawa, Ont. 

223. Geo. D. Adams, Box 5, Iroquois Falls, Ont. 

224. Jno. F. Gray, 8 Gage Ave South, Hamilton, Ont. 

225. William Owen, 45 Blackburn St., Toronto, Ont. 


226. P. H. Cuthbertson, Perth, Ont. 

227. Robt. G. White, Corbyville, Ont. 

230. D. J. McKee, Toronto St., Port Credit, Ont. 

231. Murdock L. Martyn, 372 Bay Street, Toronto, Ont. 

232. T. V. Brett, 91 A Empress Cres., Toronto, Ont. 

233. Geo. R. Armstrong, 51 Ascott Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

234. George Dobson, Box 115, Georgetown, Ont. 

235. Herbert Stocks, Box 8, Aurora, Ont. 

236. A. T. Lang, R.R. No. 3, Caledonia, Ont. 

238. J. J. MeWilliam, 127 Mamelon St., London, Ont. 

239. Joseph Coates, Blenheim, Ont. 

240. Ernest Merritt, Smithville, Ont. 

241. Fred. R. Lorriman, 40 College St., Toronto, Ont. 

242. Gordon Anguish, R.R. No. 1, Wilton Grove, Ont. 

243. A. C. Lee, iR.R. No. 1, Stoney Creek, Ont. 

244. Geo. R. Laidlaw, Cochrane, Ont. 

245. H. G. Nix, Preston, Ont. 

246. Wm. B. Hiillmer, 14 Denarda St., Mt. Dennis, Ont. 

247. Robt. Carswell, 552 Hamilton Rd., London, Ont. 

248. J. 0. Gardner, Arnprior, Ont. 

249. J. R. Stutt, Box 214, Bowmanville, Ont. 

250. Frank J. Armstrong, 924 Windsor Ave., Windsor, Ont. 

251. A. G. Tipper, 47 Second St., Kirkland Lake, Ont. 

252. Robt. C. Fleck, Corunna, Ont. 

253. Peter Brock, Port Dover, Ont. 





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British Columbia. . . 




Delaware , 

District of Columbia 



Idaho , 



















New Brunswick 

New Hampshire 

New Jersey 

New South Wales . . . 

New Mexico 

New York 

New Zealand 

North Carolina 

North Dakota 

Nova Scotia 







Rhode Island 



South Carolina 

South Dakota 








Western Australia . . . 

West Virginia 



J. W. Lawrence 

John M. Empey 

J. Percy Rogers 

Frederick W. Elliott . 

J. M. Burden 

Chas. H. Burgess 

Albert E. Bryson. . . . 
Harvey J. Milne .... 
George W. Slack...., 
Robert W. Clewlo . . . 
James H. Cowan. . . . 

W. N. Ponton 

W. H. G. Garrioch. . 
Joseph J. Shelley. . . . 

John Stevenson 

Edward Lankin 

R. W. McFadden.... 

A. P. Goering 

Rev. A. S. H. Cree . . 

W. Y. Mills 

Marshal E. Sherwood 

Robt. Henry Reid 

Frank Ebbitt 

A. J. Stringer 

W. G. Price 

Oliver Ellwood , 

A. Art Gray 

Wm. J. Tow 

James Herriott 

W. S. M. Enouy 

John F. Marr 

Morgan R. Griffith. . . 

Walter H. Davis 

A. D. Mclntyre 

R. B. Dargavel 

Frank A. Copus 

C. W. Haentschel 

J. Austin Evans 

Frank G. McLean. . . . 

J. Alf. Burnett 

George Moore 

Edwin Smith 

Ed. Worth 

John J. Gardiner 

K. J. Dunstan 

Geo. L" Gardiner 

John Boyd 

E. H. Brennan 

Dr. Alfred Webster. . . 

W. H. Wardrope 

James B. Little 

Wm. Downing 

J. H. C. Woodward... 

Wilbert L. Stewart 

V. M. Hare 

L. S. Stephens. 

Sydney J. Newdick. . . 

Fred G. Smith 

H. A. Miller 

W. J. Armstrong 

Alexander Cowan 

William J. Wadsworth 
Howard E. Meadd 






Port Credit 

















Iroquois Falls 


Port Credit 



















Smith Falls 
























Grand Chapter 




F. S. Watson 

Fort Smith 

George H. Wright . , 

West Los Angeles 

Geo. N. Delap. . 


Chas. R. McCord 


Fred W. Soady 

William H. Baugh 

E. W. F. Holler 




D. Henry Childs 

Arthur McCarthney Dunstan 


H. B. Mathews 

Lindfield, Sydney 

Edward W. Rolle . . . 

New York City 

James Hamilton Harkness 



W. G. Bandy 

Guy R Van Sickle 


G. S. Wright... 

Oklahoma City 

John G. Mcintosh 





J. Shirra, Sr 



Arthur S. Gorrell 


Sir J. C. Watson, M.B.C., K.C. . . . 



Belle Fourche 

W. Goodloe.. . 


Wm. M. Huff 









West Leaderville 

West Virginia 

Frederick C. Steinbieker 





Richard H. Repath 





Grand Chapter 



Guy T. Smith 

C. A. MacPherson 

Harry A. Drachman 

John Wolfe 

Montgomery, Mas. Temple 
1412 Second St. N.W., Calgary 
Masonic Temple, Tuscan, Arizona 
Batesville, 100 Spring St. 
Vancouver, 603 Hastings St. W. 
San Francisco, Rm. 423, Mas. Temple 

British Columbia 

J. W. Prescott, G.S.E 

Thos. A. Davies 

Edwin Smith, G.S.E 

W. W. Cooper 

Denver, Rm. 319, Mas. Temple 
Hartford, Mas. Temple 

W. L. Cort 

John W. Macklem 

J. Claude Keiper 

P. Colville Smith, G.S.E.. 

Wilber P. Webster 

W. J. Penn, Jr 

District of Columbia 

Washington, Mas. Temple 

801 Mulberry St., Macon 
Boise, Box 1203 

Edward H. Way 

J. E. Jeffers 

Springfield, Box 656 

C. H. Warren 

Geo. E. Masters 

H. C. Shellard, G. Reg. . . 

E. Elmer F. Strain 

G. Allison Holland 

C. C. Brown 

Tipton, Mas. Temple 

Topeka, Masonic Temple 


New Orleans, Rm. 301, Mas. Temple 

Portland, Mas. Temple 

Winnipeg, Masonic Temple 

Baltimore, Mas. Temple 

Boston, Mas. Temple, Rm. 209 

Coldwater, 95 W. Chicago St 

Conver E. Leach 

George Syme 

Raymond T. Sewell 

Chas. A. Conover 

St. Paul, Masonic Temple 

Edward L. Faucette 

Ray V. Denslow 

Luther T Hauberg 

Lewis E. Smith 

Omaha, M.T., 19th and Dougla 

Roy E. Crawford 

J. Melvin Meser 

Charles D. McCracken. . . 

Alpheus A. Keen 

F. R. Sinden . . 

Masonic Temple, St. John 

Sydney, Unity Bldg., 16 Callaug 

Chas. C. Hunt . 

New York City, Mas. Hall 

Chas. W. Nielsen 

W. Ritchie 

Walter L. Stockwell 

John W. Logan 

Mont. C. Hambright 

James A. Lathin 

D. Rufus Cheney 

Joseph E. Quinby 

W. W. Williamson, G.S.E. 

R. W. G. Kendrick 

Wilbur A. Scott 

Francis B. Reilly, G.S.E. . 
Geo. A. Howell, G.S.E. . . 
O. Frank Hart 

Wellington, Box 236 

Raleigh, N.C. 

Truro, Box 145 

Ohio . 

Muskogee, Rm. 12, Flint Nat. Bank 

Portland, Masonic Temple Bldg. 

Montreal, Box 3172 

Box 425 F., Brisbane 

Providence, 87 Wevbossett St. 

Regina, 312 Westman Chambers 

Edinburgh, 76 Queen St. 

Geo. A. Pettigrew 

T. E. Doss 

Sioux Falls, Mas. Temple 

Nashville, 306 7th Ave. N. 

T. M. Bartley 


J. M. Dunlop 

Archie S. Harriman 

Hy. O. Thomas 

Jas. M. Clift... 

Salt Lake City 

Burlington, Mas. Temple 

Melbourne, 164 Flinders St. 

Richmmd Masonic Temple 

Wesley C. Stone. . . 

Spokane, 412 Hyde Bldg. 
Perth, St. George's Terrace 

Husjh R. Anderson 

G. M. Ford 

William F. Weiler 

Richard H. Repath 

Chas. A. Conover 

T. G. L. Lumley-Smith . . 

Wheeling, 1407 Market St. 

Milwaukee, 790 N.VanBuren St. 

Cheyenne, P.O. Box 816 

Gen. Grand Chapter, U.S.. . . 

Coldwater, Mich. 

London, W.C., Mark Masons' Hall 



Grand First Principals of the Grand Chapter of 
Canada from 1857 to 1937 

*W. M. Wilson 1857 

♦Thompson Wilson 1858 

♦T. D. Harington 1859-60 

*John C. Franck 1861-2 

*T. D. Haiington 1863-4-5-6 


♦S. B. Harman 1872 

*C. D. Macdonell 1873 

♦Jas. Seymour 1874 

*L. H. Henderson 1875-6 

*F. J. Menet 1877-8 

♦Daniel Spry 1879-80 

♦Donald Ross 1881-2 

*H. Macpherson 1883-4 

*Thos. Sargant 1885-6 

*Robt. Hendry, Jr 1887 

*R. B. Hungerford 1888-9 

*J. J. Mason 1890-1 

*J. E. Harding 1892-3 

*J. Ross Robertson 1894-5 

*M. Walsh 1896-7-8 

*Wm. G. Reid 1899-1900 

*Wm. Gibson 1901-2 

♦A. Shaw 1903-4 

♦William Roaf 1905-6 

♦John Leslie 1907-8 

George Moore 1909-10 

♦Fred W. Harcourt 191 1-2 

♦Daniel F. Macwatt 1913-4 

♦Wm. S. R. Murch 1915-6 

A. S. Gorrell, M.D 1917-8 

Wm. N. Ponton 1919-20 

*H. S. Griffin, M.D 1921 

♦Richard H. Spencer 1922-3 

Walter H. Davis 1924-5 

Kenneth J. Dunstan 1926-7 

Edwin Smith 1928-9 

Walter G. Price, D.D.S 1930-1 

Chas. W. Haentschel, M.D 1932-3 

Alexander Cowan 1934 

George L. Gardiner 1935-6 

W. Y. Mills 1937 

Honourary Past Grand First Principals of the 
Grand Chapter of Canada 


♦Henry Robertson 1888 

♦Kivas Tully 1891 

♦Hugh Murray. . . . : 1903 

Harry H. Watson 1909 


♦E. T. Mai one.". 1919 

♦A. T. Freed 1920 

♦Sir John M. Gibson 1922 

Grand Scribes E. of the Grand Chapter 
of Canada 

♦Thomas B. Harris 1857-73 

♦R. P. Stephens 1874-5 

♦Daniel Spry 1876-7 

♦David McLellan 1878-91 

♦Thomas Sargant 1892-8 

♦George J. Bennett 1899-1915 

♦Henry T. Smith 1916-1929 

Edwin Smith 1930-1937 

♦ Deceased. 




Address of Welcome to Grand Z. from Chapters of Toronto and 

District _ 18-21 

Address of Grand Z 23-43 

Amendments to By-Laws 31-32 

Annual Convocation, Where Held 5 

Annual Statement of Receipts of Chapters 132-135 

Appointment of Grand Officers 168-169-170 

Appointment of Grand Representatives 32-33 

Assets of Grand Chapter 138-144 

Auditor's Certificate ; 144 

Chapters by District 174-177 

Chapters Represented 6-16 

Chapters Not Represented 16 

Civic Welcome 6 

Committee on Benevolence 161 

Communications and Greetings 115 

Consecration and Dedication — Reference 40 

Coronation — Reference _ 31 

Credentials, Reports of Committee on 6-16 

Deaths 130-131 

Dispensations Issued 37-135-136 

Distinguished Visitors, Received from — 

Grand Chapters, Alberta, Quebec, Massachusetts, Michigan, 
New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Grand Lodge of 

Canada, Knights Templar, A. & A.S.R., R. & S.M 17-18 

District Grand Superintendents, Elected 127-128 

District Grand Superintendents, Reports of 41-114 

Education 40-42 

Election of Officers 161-162 

Especial Convocation, October 16, 1936 1 

Especial 'Convocation, November 24, 1937 _ 2 

Executive Committee — Elected Members 162 

Executive Ccinmittee — Appointed Members 168-169 

Executive Committee — Benevolence 161 

Executive Committee and Sub-Committee 170-173 

Exaltations and Losses 183 

First Principals of Chapters with Addresses 191-194 

Fraternal Correspondence Appendix 

Fraternal Correspondence — Report Presented 161 

Fraternal Dead 155-158 

Grand Chapter — Opened _ _ 6 



Grand Chapter — Officers Present 5 

Grand Chapter — Representatives Present 22-23 

Grand Chapter — Closed 170 

Grand Chapter — Banquet, etc. 170 

Grand Representatives 195-196 

Grand Secretaries 197 

Grand Superintendents of District Present 5 

Grand First Principals Since 1857 198 

Grand Scribes E. Since 1857 198 

Greeting Conveyed — Grand Chapter, Alberta 129 

Guests Convey Greetings 164-166-170 

Honours Tendered Distinguished Visitors 18 

Historian Elected 161 

la Memoriam 153 

Installation of Officers 168 

Invocation _ 6 

Membership 178-183 

Minutes of Annual Convocation, 1936, Adopted 21 

Next Place of Meeting, Kingston 168 

Notice of Motion 125-126—166-167 

Order of Business at G.Z. Discretion 21 

Presentation, Jewels to Members of Grand Chapters, 25, 50 and 

55 Years 34-36 

Receipts from Chapters 132-135 

Report of Committee on: 

Constitution, Laws and Jurisprudence 116-119 

Printing 128-129 

Special Committee "Re Proxies and Amendments to Constitu- 
tion" 120-124 

Masonic Education _ 162-163 

Reports of Executive on: 

Audit and Finance 139-145 

Benevolence _ „ 130-131 

Condition of Capitular Masonry 146-152 

Fraternal Dead 154-158 

Grand Z.'s Address 159-160 

Printing 129 

Report of Grand Treasurer 137-138 

Report of the Grand Scribe E 131-136 

Resolution to Receive Report: 

Fraternal Dead 159 



Resolution to Receive and Adopt Reports on: 

Audit and Finance 145 

Benevolence 131 

Committee! on Printing 129 

Condition of Capitular Masonry 152 

Constitution, Laws and Jurisprudence 119 

Credential 17 

Grand Treasurer 138 

Grandl Scribe E 136 

Grand Z.'si Address 160 

Masonic Education 164 

Special Committee "Re Proxies and Amendments to Constitu- 
tion" 124 

Special Committee on "Jewel" 164 

Refund Per Capita on Unemployed — Cancelled 139 

Returns of Constituent Chapters 178-183 

Reception of Grand Z.'s Address 43 

Reception of Grand Superintendent's Report 114 

Restorations 188 

Royal Arch Masons in Good -Standing, Admitted 21 

Rulings 38-39 

Scrutineers of Ballot 127 

Suspensions 184-188 

Scribes of Chapters — Names and Addresses 188-194 

Second Day — Wednesday 126 

Time of Holding Grand Chapter 139 

Testimonial to Retiring Grand Z 168 

Vote of Thanks to: 

Credentials Committee 129 

Installing Board 168 

Scrutineers 167 

Special Committee on Proxies and Constitutional Amendment 167 

Toronto amd District 167 

Warrant Surrendered 136 



Edward Houston Wills, Grand High Priest. 

Guy T. Smith, Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Ninth Annual was held December 
2nd, 1935 ; in Montgomery. 

The Grand Representative of Canada was absent from roll 
call through illness. 

Distinguished visitors included General Grand High Priest 
O'Hara, the Grand Master of Alabama and other distinguished 
Companions including the Associate Grand Patron of the Order 
of the Eastern Star, apparently in his Official capacity. 

The Grand High Priest said in his address: — 

"If each and every Chapter Mason in this Grand Jurisdiction would 
endeavour to live a little closer to the ideals established for us by the 
founders of our great Order, in a few short years it would tend to put 
us back where we were a few years ago, and again make it possible for 
us to exert that beneficent influence for good citizenship which is one of 
the greatest aims of our order. 

"I am willing to admit that I may be entirely too optimistic in 
what I have said, but I do think that it is worth a trial." 

He sent a stirring message to the constituent Chapters 
supporting the Masonic Home. 

We quote: — 

"Let every Companion help to discharge his double obligation to this 
Home — as a Master Mason and as a Royal Arch Mason — by contributing 
to the aid of this Institution which is caring for your brethren and 
companions, their wives, widows and orphans. It is our duty. 

"Second, make a determined and continued effort to bring back to 
the Chapter those lost during the past few years." 

Alabama has adopted the ritual of the General Grand 

William Bourne Clemmons presented the report of Foreign 
Correspondence : — 

"Your Committee on Foreign Correspondence begs leave to report 
that all during the year they have stood in the market place until the 
eleventh hour but the Most Excellent Grand Chapter did not make the 
inquiry 'Why stand you here idle all the day?' No work was done, 
therefore we are not dissatisfied with our wages, but we hope that the 
incoming administration will give the committee a 'New Deal' so that 
work may be done and wages earned. 

"The Grand Chapter of Alabama is one of the very few important 
Masonic bodies in the world that does not publish reviews." 

The address of Companion O'Hara is thus described : — 

"The Grand Chapter was favoured with a most eloquent, interest- 
ing, instructive and inspiring address by the Most Excellent General 
Grand High Priest." 


We quote from the Committee on Necrology: — 

"To the loved ones living we pledge our loyal sympathy and join 
them as they join David of old when he said, 'I will lift up mine eyes 
unto the hills, from when cometh my help.' Psalm 121:1. It is a blessed 
thing for us all to endeavour to live upon the hill-top of life with our 
faces constantly turned toward the Eternal Hills. Moses of old set his 
face toward the mountains and began to climb the steep ascent of 
Nebo's sacred heights to find a place of death. No life-companions and 
co-workers came near to tell him how dear he had ever been to their 
hearts. No loving eyes wept when death cast its pale shadow upon his 
aged brow. Buried in perhaps the first 'Unknown Grave', the weeping 
and mourning of his desolate people was far away in the distant plains. 
No one ever shed a tear or raised a memorial stone upon the place of 
his burial." 

The Head of the Knights Templar of Florida was welcomed 
on the second day. 

Provision was made for expenses of delegates to the 
General Grand Chapter at St. Louis. 

Elmer Lee Moss was elected Grand High Priest. 

Membership, 4,074. Net loss, 619. 

Lew Lazarus represents Canada, (We regret to hear of his 

John W. Lawrence, an outstanding Craftsman of Royal 
Arch Masons, represents Alabama. 


Walter Edward Mercer, Grand First Principal. 

C. A. MacPherson, Grand Scribe E. 

The Twenty-second Annual Convocation was held at Ed- 
monton the 18th of March, 1936. 

Ten P.G.Z.'s were duly present for duty. 

Grand Master Downey was received and welcomed, also 
M.E. Comp. Cook of Manitoba, and M.E. Comp. Judge Wylie 
of Saskatchewan. 

Brother Frye, Deputy Mayor of Edmonton, gave an ad- 
dress of welcome: — 

"I have often thought that the aims and ideals of Masonry are of 
the greatest benefit to us. Sometimes we think we can remedy our ills 
by passing resolutions and passing laws, but, after all, that seems to 
be futile if we forget the spirit of brotherhood in dealing one with an- 
other. We don't seem to get very far." 

The Grand First Principal who is an Englishman, said in 
his address: — 

"The year just passed has not been favourable to an increased in- 
terest and growth, owing to the many demands on the time of the Com- 
panions, in two general elections, municipal elections, and educational 
matters, in which, as good citizens, they rightly took their part. Though 
as yet a long way from a state of prosperity, we catch a gleam of a 


break in the clouds; the sun is beginning to shine and we look for the 
approach of brighter days. 

"God bless the King! May the commencement of his reign be 
lightened by the dispersion of the war clouds now darkening the world, 
and may there be peace and goodwill amongst the peoples. May the 
vast sums now expended in destruction, de diverted to improving the 
conditions of life, the preventing of poverty and suffering, the building- 
up of a high moral and intellectual state. May the harmonious fraternal 
relations be cemented ever more firmly with the passing of time; our 
views be less parochial, more embracing. May the reciprocity of cour- 
tesies and fraternal relations bind us all together with one aim." 

He recommended : — 

"That the Constitution be strictly adhered to in the election of the 
Grand Superintendents; that a box be provided for depositing (nomina- 
tions in writing. 

"That the Procedings of this Grand Chapter be printed and distri- 
buted to the several Chapters, not later than the First of June; and 
reviews not received in time to permit of this being carried over to the 
following year; and that the First Principal of every Chapter shall 
cause the main features to be read in open Chapter." 

He travelled by train, bus and auto over ten thousand 
miles and was away from home about two months and gave 
several addresses in his many visits. 

Canada's Grand Representative did not answer roll call. 

The six Grand Superintendents duly reported. 

Membership, 2,044. Net decrease, 145. 

The Committee on the Grand First Principal's address 
say: — 

"Grand Z. rightly asks the question: 'Are we doing our part in 
Masonry?' If our institution is to live Masonry must be a vital part 
of our lives. We must extend the right hand of fellowship to our Com- 
panions during these days of stress and anxiety. A kind word, a helping 
hand, will do much to help a brother over many difficulties." 

The memorial on the fraternal dead deals specially with the 
death of Frederick Shelton Selwood. We quote from the fine 
tribute paid to his memory: — 

"Life to me is a throbbing reality, to be tilled with joy and useful- 
ness. In this spirit we pay tribute to those who leave us. The possibili- 
ties of life are so great that to look over life stories and study them is 
a thrilling event in life. Nor is the labour one always of sadness but 
often of joy. The life story of men and their achievements is an all- 
absorbing thing. I like to note their difficulties and discouragements 
and see their successes wrested from such situations. 

"M.E. Conrp. Selwood was born in Listowel,, Ontario. He attended 
Public and High Schools in the place of his birth, matriculating with 

"Few men have been more zealously devoted to Masonry than 
Comp. Selwood; yet, unlike some, he did not make it his religion. He 
loved his church and was busy in its activities. 

"During the past year twenty-nine Companions of our jurisdiction, 
whom we loved and respected, have gone quietly down to the sea and 


embarked (into the fog that obscures them from our view) for that 
port where peace and joy reigin. supreme." 

M.E. Coinp. E. G. Ironside informed Grand Chapter that 
the Reviews of Foreign Correspondence and proceedings are 
being prepared and will be submitted to Grand Scribe E. to 
be printed. 

The Committee on Conditions record : — 

"Time is now ripe for a very considerable increase in membership. 
This can only be attained by each Companion of each Chapter being 
on the alert and using his influence on prospective candidates." 

The Committee on Benevolence was active. Grants from 
$10.00 to $65.00 were made. 

In the replies given by visitors, Edmonton is described as 
a beautiful city, which this reviewer knows: — 

M.E. Comp Cook said: — 

"I was reading over the Proceedings of the Grand Chapter of 
Alberta for the last year of two, and from what I could make of it, I 
find most of your Past Grand Principals Irish by extraction or absorp- 
tion. Your present Grand First Principal is an Englishman. I am of 
the grandest nationality on earth; which it is, I leave to your imagin- 
ation, but I give you an Irish greeting: 

"May ivery hair on yer head be a candle to light ye to hiven, and 
may ye get there three years before the divil knows yer dead." 

The date of the annual Convocation was changed from 
March to May. 

Comp. H. Sandilands was elected Grand First Principal. 

F. S. Watson of Edmonton represents Canada, 

R.E. Comp. J. M. Empey of Mitchell is the worthy Grand 
Representative of Alberta. 

Among the constitutional clauses worthy of note we 
quote : — 

"Section 197 — As amended, will read as follows: 'Companion who 
has been suspended by his Craft Lodge, the Grand Master or Grand 
Lodge, for unmasonic conduct or otherwise shall stand suspended from 
his Royal Craft privileges while the Craft discipline remains in force'." 

Canada unfortunately, did not fall within the fraternal ken 
of the Committee on Foreign Correspondence, who presented 
a brief but interesting report. 

This from California Review: — 

"This Grand Chapter again expressed itself as being unalterably 
opposed to Communism, Fascism and all organizations antagonistic to 
the American form of Government." 

This from the District of Columbia: — 

"We have too many Masonic bodies, and he urges that we consoli- 
date these, so as to have larger meetings, better officers, and a more 
helpful brotherhood and truer fraternity." 

This from England : — 

"First Grand Principal The Duke of Connaught, celebrated his 
eighty-fifth birthday. 


"Grand Scribe E. Sir Colville Smith, reports the income from Fees 
for Registrations and Charters to Ibe the large sum of £3,858 10s." 

This from Massachusetts: — 

"Under controllable factors of readjustment ... we are 'rebuilding 
the Temple' and in dealing with exaltations, reinstatements, reaffilia- 
tions, dimits and suspensions in the work we are now doing,, it is im- 
perative that we be thorough in every act. . . . We now control our oper- 
ating factors and if we 'replace a stone,' 'reject a stone,' or 'add a stone,' 
it is in our power to say whether we want it: if so, where it is to go, 
and how it is to be placed." 

We quote from Wisconsin: — 

"The reviewer would like to quote in full the report of the Com- 
mittee on Problems for Capitular Masonry, from which he gathers that 
it is not so much a question of leadership but of the followers. There 
it is in a nutshell." 


James Whets tine, Grand High Priest. 

Harry Arizona Drachman, Grand Secretary. 

The Forty-sixth Annual was held in Phoenix, March 10th, 

Thirteen P.G.H.P.'s attended for duty and fellowship, 

James H. Barrett duly represented Canada. 

Distinguished visitors from California were welcomed. 

We make the following quotation from the G.H.P.'s ad- 
dress : — 

"As we go forth in our youth feeling that the world shall be easily 
conquered, and often times in the sunset of life must be reconciled that 
we have done little else than have passed this way. So do we start 
out in our Masonic year with great hopes. Success or failure of this 
great institution lies mot alone with them but more largely in the hands 
of the Subordinate Chapters. 

"May the responsibilities of Chapter membership be fully realised." 

He described with great enthusiasm the York Rite Festival 
held in October at Tucson with the following words: — 

"The association together in good fellowship, the incentive for good 
degree work, the interest and the promotion of Capitular Masonry, 
made the day an inspiring one for all." 

A characteristic letter from General Grand High Priest 
O'Hara was read beginning "my very dear friends and com- 

From his conclusion the following: — 

"We are mindful our day and age will he influenced by Masonic 
sympathy, encouragement and activity. Should future generations speak 
of us they can truthfully say that this way and this day passed men 
and Masons of whom the world need not be ashamed." 

Membership, 873. Net loss, 99. 

The Committee of which James R. Malott, a name well 
known in Ontario, is: Chairman, reported : — 


"A list of them may be obtained by writing to 'The Royal Arch 
Educational Bureau, C. C. Hunt, Chairman, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.' 

"At the present time the Educational Committee of the Grand 
Chapter of Arizona ds causing to be sent to each Chapter in the state 
a selected packet of this material." 

Grateful thanks of Grand Chapter were extended to the 
Companions, Brothers and friends of this wonderful "valley 
of the sun." 

Fred. Ormal Goodell was elected G.H.P. 

Alexander Saunders is the esteemed Grand Representative 
of Arizona. 


L. K. Charles, Deputy G.H.P. 

J. iQ. Wolf, Grand Secretary. 

The Grand Chapiter convened in Eighty-fifth Convocation 
in Little Rock, November 23, 1933. 

Thirteen P.G.H.P.'s were present despite the depression 
in which Arkansas appears 'to have especially suffered, and 
has adopted very necessary economies. 

A message of congratulations was sent to Fay Hempstead 
who has reached the venerable age of eighty-six. 

Canada is duly represented by Comp. G. H. Wright. 

The reports are all abbreviated. 

The Grand Secretary stated — 

"I had the telephone taken out of the office. I also had the electric 
lights cut out. I have not incurred a dollar's expense for fuel or 
office rent. The telegraph bill was larger than last year because of 
wiring the Grand Officers and Past Grand High Priests of the deaths 
of Past Grand High Priests, for three Past Grand High Priests have 
died during the year. 

"Upon receiving official notice of the suspension of the Grand High 
Priest by Bellepoint Lodge, I wrote several Past Grand High Priests 
to learn their views of the status of the Grand High Priest." 

The Grand High Priest having been suspended by his 
Lodge, was therefore suspended automatically from the Chap- 
ter, although he gave notice of appeal to Grand Lodge. 

Companion Charles therefore acted as G.H.P. 

Membership 4,260. Net Loss— 638. 

L. K. Charles was duly elected and installed G.H.P. 

Frederick M. Elliott of Prescott is Grand Representative 
of Arkansas. 


The Eighty-sixth Convocation assembled in Little Rock 
November 22, 1934. 

L. K. Charles, G.H.P. 

John Q. Wolf, Grand Secretary. 


Eleven P.G.H.P.'s were honoured in the Grand East. 

The Grand Master was welcomed. 

Canada's Grand Representative did not answer the roll 

The G.H.P.'s address is not printed in full but was an 
able document and was well received and dealt with general 
conditions as they affect society and morality. 

Hon. Robert A. Woods of Indiana was welcomed. 

Membership — 4,119. Net Loss — 141. 

The Committee on Memorials report — 

"From the labours* of this earthly life to the rest of eternal bliss our 
dearly beloved Companion Fay Hempstead; therefore, be it Resolved, 
That the Grand Chapter of Arkansas has lost its most esteemed and 
valued Companion, and every Masonic body and every Mason in Arkan- 
sas will mourn the loss of his most beloved friend and brother." 

William T. Sullivan was elected G.H.P. and was with other 
Officers installed by Robert A. Woods, Most Puissant General 
Grand Master of the Royal and Select Masters. 


William T. iSullivan, G.H.P. 

Oscar E. Ellis, Deputy G.H.P. 

John Q. Wolf, Grand Secretary. 

The Eighty-seventh Convocation was held in Albert Pike 
Memorial Temple in Little Rock, November 21st, 1935. 

Thirteen P.G.H.P.'s testified their loyalty by their faithful 

Canada's Grand Representative was not present. 

From the G.H.P. 's address the following: — 

"The swift messenger of time has brought us to another Convoca- 
tion. The past year has been a delightful one to me, though we have 
felt the depression, that has affected everything and everybody. I have 
gone forward cheerfully and hopefully, and have tried in a measure to 
give courage to the Craft throughout our bounds. 

"The question in every .suspended Chapter has been: how can we get 
restored? Many of our best members could not pay their dues, being 
in arrears for three years. How can we get them restored? Many of 
our members are on the relief roll. I have been asked to remit all the 
past dues and let the Chapters suffering most have a chance to go to 
"I learn as the years roll onward, and I leave the past behind, 
That much that I counted sorrow, but proved that God is kind; 
That many a flower that I'd longed for had hidden a thorn of pain, 
And many a rugged by-path led to fields of ripened grain." 

This is one of his broad decisions: — 

"That a member residing in Magnolia, Ark., could transfer his mem- 
bership to Texarkana, Ark., and hold his membership there if he so de- 
sired. Could hold his membership wherever he pleased, but it would be 
better to hold his membership where he resided." 


He concludes his address with a definition of the mission 
of Masonry, which so many have attempted and also a sum- 
mary of what charity ought to be : — 

"The mission of Masonary is to curb intemperate passions, and to 
reconcile conflicting interests. It is to extend to nations those principles 
of humanity in the exercise of benevolence, which should actuate indi- 
viduals; to destroy the pride of conquest and the pomp of war. To 
annihilate local prejudices. 

"Charity is the brightest jewel in the Masonic Crown. Charity is 
the Corinthian Pillar Establishment that adds grace, strength and 
beauty to the fabric. 

"Not the Charity, circumscribed by the narrow limits of feeding the 
hungry, clothing the naked, binding up the wounds of the afflicted; but 
the grander, nobler charity, that regards all men as brothers. 

"Whatever good you do, is but your duty done. If a sorrow you have 
lightened, or a tear wiped away." 

Membership of reporting Chapters — 3,124. Net loss — 376. 

The Committee on Memorials say: — 

"We, as Royal Arch Masons, should be faithful in a like service 
knowing full well that we shall if we faint not." 

Oscar E. Ellis, an able lawyer, was elected G.H.P. to suc- 
ceed the energetic Irish G.H.P. Sullivan. 

The features of the former G.H.P., Nick Kizer, express 
rugged character : — 

"Heart to heart we. bide the shadows 
Till the mists have cleared away." 

Canada's Representative, Geo. H. Wright, and Frederick 
M. Elliott of Prescott represents Arkansas. 


William R. Trench, Grand Z. 

J. W. Prescott, Grand Scribe E. 

The Eighteenth Annual was opened in Nanaimo, B.C., 17th 
June, 1936. We like the motto of British Columbia with its 
virtues on the rays of the noonday sun "Wisdom, Peace, 
Truth, Strength, Concord and Beauty". 

The Grand Z. was born in Richmond Hill, Ontario. 

Canada was as usual faithfully represented by H. H. 

Distinguished visitors from Alberta and Saskatchewan 
were welcomed and made brief responses. 

The Grand Z.'s address contains many nuggets of ore: — 

"Here let me express the deep appreciation of the Grand Chapter 
to our Companions south of us for the many sympathetic messages to 
the Royal Family. 

"I recommend to this Grand Chapter the advisability of some plan 
being put into operation while we are in session here, of a district 
meeting being held annually in all six districts, somewhat along the 
lines of those now operating in the Grand Lodge of Saskatchewan. 


"Here we have Masonry, unobtrusively carrying on her work in 
such a manner that even a suspicion of war is absolutely foreign to our 
thoughts, and surely the Order is doing her part to keep it so, while 
elsewhere it is so different. 

"Sow a thought and reap an action, 
Sow an action and reap a habit, 
Sow a habit and reap a character, 
Sow a character and reap a destiny." 

"And what a destiny their strife and war ends in, with ruin and 
destruction the fruits for either winner or loses. 

"Then cine day towards the end of life. 
We stop amidst the world's mad strife, 
And memories like clouds of hue, 
Pass through our minds as memories do. 
We find the road was not so steep, 
The ruts we smoothed not quite so deep; 
Our work was fun, we'd time for play, 
And for adventure, o'er life's highway." 

Portraits of the Grand Treasurer and Grand Secretary 
adorn the Proceedings. 

Membership, 2,232. Net decrease, 125. 

Grand Registrar Samuel Fea gave a full historical report 
on H. H. Watson, First Principal of 1895 : — 

"In one report we are told 'He brought the Chapter to a high state 
of efficiency, not only in rendition of the work, but also in attendance'." 

The Grand Second Principal, W. R. Yule, left Victoria for 
Seattle where they were royally welcomed and entertained. 

Correspondence from the Earl of Cassillis, Hon. Alexander 
Manson, and Senator R. F. Green of Ottawa was received. 

W. R. Yule was elected Grand Z. 

The Committee on Fraternal Dead quote: — 

"There, in the land which knows no night, 
Grant us with them Thy rest and light " 

"Sleep peacefully; earth's work is done; 
Within a fairer clime 
All hope and aspirations bloom, 
And reach fruitions prime." 

E. M. Carleton, of Toronto, is the veteran and honoured 
Grand Representative of British Columbia. 

R. Ex. Comp. J. W. Prescott, Grand Scribe E. and Grand 
Representative of Alberta, a distinguished man and Mason and 
a traveller of wide experience, thus introduces his Seventeenth 
Annual Report on Correspondence: — 

"Some of the correspondents still persist in calling some of the 
reports 'foreign' and of 'Foreign Jurisdictions.' Why? it is not possible 
to say." 


President Roosevelt: — 

"It is my prayer, that, mot by any alliance, but through thinking 
the same thoughts and pursuing the same purpose, the Republic of the 
United States and the British Commonwealth may help to restore the 
shaken liberties of mankind. 

"While I was on my cruise I read in a newspaper that I was to be 
received with all the honours customarily rendered to a foreign ruler. 
Your Excellency, I am grateful for the honours; but something within 
me rebelled at the word 'foreigner'. 

"This Canadian hospitality, so simple and so open, has become a 
tradition in my country. 

"It is by these exchanges of visits, by these continuous contacts 
between Canadians and Americans that we shall come to tighten the 
close bonds which already unite our two peoples." 

A striking and picturesque portrait of Albert Pike, P.G.H.P. 
of Arkansas, is reproduced and is worthy of framing. 

A picture of Fay Hampstead is also reproduced and one of 
his own Sextennial poems we quote in part: — 

"Nay, nay. Not that. For he who holds 
By the simple faith that the World enfolds, 
Finds, unto Life's last, feeblest spark, 
That the daylight far exceeds the dark; 
That the Seasons bring, as they glide away, 
More days of brightness than days of gray; 
That the Spring gives place, im its varying moods. 
To the mellowing tint of the Autumn woods; 
And stars come out in the evening air, 
Which we fail to see in the noonday glare." 

The Review of Canada at St. Catharines is friendly and 
fraternal. We quote: — 

"The Grand Z., M.E. Comp. George L. Gardiner, presiding over 
366 delegates from 121 Chapters. 

"Also the comfortable accommodation within the precincts of St. 
Thomas Anglican Church, the corner stone of which was laid on 
September 12th, 1877. 

"Expressed in the address is the prayer that the Great Jehovah 
may inspire men and nations to a realization that now is the time to 
direct their thoughts to peaceful pursuits. 

"The application of a Chapter to receive the petition of a brother 
who had lost his left arm below the elbow was granted." 

"The request of a Chapter to wear Royal Arch regalia at a Masonic 
funeral was refused, on the ground that Masonic funerals are strictly 
a Craft function. 

"An amount of $2,000 was donated by St. Patrick Chapter, Toronto, 
to endow a cot in the Toronto Sick Children's Hospital. Other chapters 
contributed am aggregate amount of over $5,000, in various benevolent 

"The name 'Grand Chapter of Canada' will also be retained, as its 
use for nearly eighty years has established a historic right to the title, 
which will not be questioned by the daughter Grand Chapters in the 
other Provinces of Canada. 

"The Executive Committee shall not be allowed travelling expenses 
for distances outside the Province of Ontario, was again affirmed. This 


affirmation would hardly seem to have been necessary, as the rule was 
strictly observed by the lone committee member from the far Western 
Province of British Columbia, and further it was not in keeping with 
the grandeur of the title. 

"The review of the proceedings of other jurisdictions is again the 
happy work of Comp. Ponton, who compiles 140 pages of interesting 

From the Indiana Review we cite: — 

"The feature event was the address of Judge Mays, Grand High 
Priest in 1924, his subject being 'Is the Economic Situation of the World 
a Challenge to Masonry?' 

"The grand idea which was rapidly becoming the supreme political 
thought of that generation; namely, that the people are the primary 
source of all sovereignty and have the undoubted right to choose their 
own governmental forms, to elect their rulers and executive officers. 
Freemasonry as it existed in the early days in America was a serious 
masonry and shadowed forth with more or less distinctness the ideas 
of equality, liberty and union." 

Ireland presents the Reviewer with a picture problem: — 

"The Grand King lives in Belfast and the Grand Registrar (Secre- 
tary) in Dublin and the reports appear to be made between those two 
officials by correspondence. " 

Four new Chapters were issued, one of them being 8th 
Kings Royal Irish Hussars. 

Of the Cryptic Rite it is said under New Mexico: — 

"I know of no Capitular Grand Jurisdiction in the United States 
desirous of assuming control and responsibility for the conferring of 
the Cryptic Degrees. 

"My firm belief is that no guardian is needed for these degrees." 

Ohio receives the most satisfying Review of all. It was a 
great gathering and we quote from some of the addresses. We 
recommend our readers to see the whole Review and get some 
more good stories: — 

"To me being greeted with applause is rather unusual. Those of 
you who are familiar with the jurisdiction of Pennsylvania know that 
it is mot our custom. It always makes me think if you applaud a speaker 
at the beginning of his speech, that is faith, if you applaud him in the 
middle of his speech, that is hope, and if you applaud at the end, that 
is charity. 

"An old coloured woman who had gone around the old families 
nursing was asked by one of her customers one time, 'Mammy, do you 
tell any of the other families what you hear when you are with us?' 
She said, 'Oh, no, no, ma'am, no mistress, no madam, I don't tells, but 
I'm just busting with silence.' My friends back here I know are just 
busting with silence. 

"Let me see if I can bring that comparison into our fraternal 
organization. I like to look at it as five members of a family, the Sym- 
bolic Lodge, the Chapter, the Council, the Commandery and the Scottish 
Rite. Fortunately, I think, for the welfare of Masonry, .some like to 
work in the Symbolic Lodge, some in the Chapter, some in the Council, 
some in the Commandery, and some in the Scottish Rite." 


We close with this well known gem from Wyoming- and we 
say good-bye! to British Columbia for another year. God be 
with you till we meet again. 

"Generosity does not imply profligacy. Let us share with care, but 
let us share." 


Franklin R. Haley, Grand High Priest. 

Thomas A. Davies, Grand Secretary. 

The Eighty-second Annual Convocation w T as held in Sacra- 
mento, April 21, 1936. 

Officers and Members of Grand Chapter were welcomed by 
Frank F. Merriam, Governor of California. 

The Proceedings are preceded by this injunction: — 

"At each meeting of the Chapter, whether stated or special, the 
Secretary's copy should be on his desk and at the service of those pre- 

The Flag Ceremony is thus described : — 

"The United States Flag was presented at the altar, saluted, the 
national anthem sung, and the Flag placed in the East at the right of 
the Most Excellent Grand High Priest." 

Distinguished visitors were welcomed and accorded Grand 
Honours by Three Times Three. 

General G.H.P. O'Hara and Mattison B. Jones, then Deputy 
now General G.H.P., and Clinton G. Nichols, P.G.H.P. of Con- 
necticut, and Officers of other Bodies in California, including 
five Companions, survivors of the fire and earthquake of April 
18, 1906, who were present at the morning session of Grand 
Chapter on that date. 

Thirteen Past G.H.P.'s were honoured in the Grand East. 

Angus L. Cavanagh duly represented Canada. 

From the G.H.P.'s excellent address we quote: — 

"Here in this beautiful and historic city of Sacramento much of 
the early Masonic history of this State had its beginning. We are 
meeting again in Sacramento after a lapse of nineteen years under 
such ideal surroundings in this fine Temple. 

"I feel that we have advanced a pace and the service we have en- 
deavoured to render has mot been in vain. 

"After all is said and done, service is the greatest thing in the 
world. Service means loving our Companions as we love ourselves, and 
being eager to do right by them and for them. Back of service must 
be willingness to sacrifice if the highest types of service demand it. 
'Companions, we profit only as we serve.' 

"Our hopes and our aspirations are high and we are determined 
to move ever forward, onward and upward. 

"While I have given the best of my time, zeal and energy, I have 
been the one who has gained the most, because of the opportunity and 


privilege of meeting and knowing and contacting so many fine Com- 
panions, so many real he-men. 

"By train, automobile and airplane it has been possible for me to 
visit over 75 Chapters. 

"I had the privilege of attending the Annual Meeting of the Triple 
Tau Association. 

"Our Committee on Capitular Education has been most willing to 
serve and desirous of helping in every way, but were powerless with 
no funds to complete their work." 

California appears to be too vigorous in its parsimonious 
ecenomy, having dropped also the literary genius, Companion 
Paulin from the Correspondence Review. He had made a deep 
impression everywhere. 

The G.H.P. said as to the celebrated Public Schools Week 
of California: — 

"Read and seriously consider the Grand Master's Proclamation. Our 
Fraternity has always stood four square behind our public school sys- 
tem and its advancement of public education. Let us, therefore, lend 
our enthusiastic support to our public schools and insist that true Ameri- 
canism be fostered and taught therein and every tendency toward Com- 
munism be frowned upon and completely eradicated from our schools." 

Grand Chapter insisted on the wearing of robes at Public 
Installation. We quote: — 

"I recommend that an amendment be prepared by our Jurisprudence 
Committee, by which the wearing of robes at public installation shall be 
optional; but at all closed installations the wearing of robes be manda- 
tory as at present." 

He concludes with the following poem, which we have not 
seen reproduced for some time, entitled "The Test" : — 

"God won't ask if you were clever, 

For I think He'll little care 
When your toil is done forever; 

He may question: 'Were you square? 
Did you do the best you could do 

With the knowledge you possessed?' 

But you knew what right and wrong were, 

What was bad and what was good, 
And you knew what weak and strong were : 

Did you do the best you could? 

All you'll ever take away 
Is the soul which God assigned you 
For its tenement of clay." 

Membership, 20,084. Net loss, 1,063. 

Grand Lecturer Richards makes his nineteenth consecutive 
report and it is as usual an able and searching one. He 
emphasizes the necessity for better care of Rituals. 

He analyses the attendance record of the Districts, Signet 
Chapter having the largest, namely, 70. 


The Committee on Policy and Purposes (an excellent 
name), reported fully, emphasizing Necrology and Public 
Schools Week, in which he urges "actual, active, integrated 
participation in the community Public Schools". 

Total appropriations granted amounted to over $12,000 
including $4,500 for expenses of General Grand Chapter. 

Leonard E. Thomas was elected G.H.P. 

Charles H. Burgess of Port Credit, is the Grand Repre- 
sentative of California. 


John H. Gabriel, Grand High Priest. 

William W. Cooper, Grand Secretary. 

The Sixty-first Annual Convocation was held at Denver, 
September 19th, 1935. 

At this meeting Frank D. Allen, Grand King, was elected 
Grand High Priest. He is a lawyer and interested in civic ser- 

A fine array of 16 P.G.H.P.'s foregathered in the East. 

Distinguished Companion from Kansas and Grand Master 
of Colorado were welcomed. 

The roll of the deceased Past Grand High Priests was called 
by the Grand Secretary, the G.H.P. responding to each name 
with the date of death. This is an honoured custom observed 
in many Grand Chapters. 

Canada's Grand Representative was not present. 

From the address of G.H.P. Gabriel we make the following 
quotation : — 

"Make strong the ofttimes disheartened workers; but sustained by 
the firm conviction that the ideals of our institution are so high and so 
well worth trying to attain, I have been granted renewed energy to urge 
on and try to assist the faltering officers of our weakened Chapters to 
greater effort and to a higher devotion to our great principles." 

He visited several neighbouring Grand Jurisdictions and 
many constituent Chapters and said : — 

"The old feeling of 'we cannot' is everywhere giving way to 'we 
can', or 'let us try'." 

Of the condition of the Craft he adds this: — 

"The admission of nearly 100 members during the past year clearly 

shows renewing activity in our Chapter life. Their officers have felt 

the thrill of this new impulse," 

There appears to be a renewed interest in DeMolay all 
along the line of many Grand Jurisdictions. 

Colorado G.H.P. says : — 

"The Order of DeMolay, which teaches love of parents, love of God, 
patriotism, purity, courtesy, comradeship and fidelity to truth and right, 
is truly a worthwhile organization to encourage our young men to strive 


for better ideals and to lead them to a higher devotion to duty in every 

"The heart of Masonry includes the vital principles which, built 
upon, "will strengthen and make more stable and secure our entire civili- 
zation. Individual living and collective activity." 

Membership, 6,357. Net loss, 273. 

The Committee on Memorials say : — 

"So far as our experience goes, life is continuous. We cannot con- 
ceive of a time when there was no such thing as life, nor of a time when 
there will be no such thing; because, in the first place, we do not know 
what life is, we only know some of its effects." 

Albert E. Bryson is the esteemed Grand Representative of 

Canada is represented by an old Ontario man, Stanley C. 
Warner, of Denver. 

Edwin H. Snider for the fifth time presents the Corre- 
spondence Reviews and says in his long: and appealing and 
though tf ul introduction : — 

"A note of gloom continues to sound out of some jurisdictions. 

"There may not be anything new under the sun, and surely there 
has been little new to Royal Arch Masonry during the past six 
years; but, occasionally, the unusual happens, and from an unexpected 
source. In the United States our Grand Chapters in age range from 
the twenty-three years of Utah to the one hundred and thirty-eight of 
New York. Owing to dry weather, sand storms, chinch bugs, floods and 
financial difficulties, prospects for posterity have been holding long at 
the zero mark; but hope continues though only a spark of the flame 
of youth remains, for our Texas Grand at eighty-five years produced 
the one new baby Chapter. 

"Not that losses have disappeared, but that the disaster-dread has 
worn itself away by becoming too old." 

"There was a time, however, when, from a totally different cause, 
Freemasonry was so overwhelmed by antagonistic public .sentiment that 
several Grand Lodges ceased for a number of years to meet or function, 
and when and where Masons did meet was a dark secret. That con- 
dition grew out of what now in history is referred to as the 'Morgan 

". . . . until after the election, and it did serve the political party 
purpose sufficiently to carry the electoral vote of one state, Vermont. 
By 1840 practically all outward evidence of hostility to the fraternity 
had disappeared. Politicians returned to former fields in bidding for 
public popularity; but it left a mark in the memories. 

"For the building of our part in the Temple of Humanity we have 
only today. Yesterday is past forever, and tomorrow may never come. 
Each rising sun greets a new day. With us as with the world at large, 
today is not like yesterday. To live now, today, we must get out of our 
own shadows, rid ourselves of that state of mind which has been saying, 
'What's the use,' and 'It can't be done.' The great lesson of Royal Arch 
Masonry teaches us that 'It can be done'." 

This from the California Review: — 

"If without policy or purpose, why universally acknowledged the 
most honourable body of men the world has known? If without reason 
for continued existence, why did Washington, Lafayette, Warren, Revere, 


Clay, Garfield, Harrison, MeKinley, Franklin and Roosevelt express 
pride in holding membership therein and patronizing its assemblies? 
And why did the present Roosevelt proudly witness the Master Mason 
degree conferred upon his son? 

"Almost without number are the opportunities for laudable bene- 
ficences, worthy the approval of humanitarian hearts, but without the 
domain of Freemasonry. By tradition and history Freemasonry has 
and does exist for itself alone — not in a spirit of selfishness, but by 

The writer gratefully appreciates the kind reference to 
himself as Reviewer and these remarks he ventures modestly 
to reprint together with other comments on our Grand Juris- 
diction : — 

"All reports received have had attention. We heave a sigh of relief; 
but here comes Canada — always interesting, painstakingly prepared, 
abounding in Masonic lore, and concluding with 130 pages of goodness 
gleaned from the proceedings of 52 other Grand Jurisdictions by the 
Prince of Reviewers. We must read it: 

"The name 'Canada', to most persons signifies that vast area north 
of the northern boundary of the United States and extending from the 
Atlantic to the Pacific. It was so years ago, and the Grand Chapter 
of Canada was the sole Royal Arch occupant; the jurisdiction is divided 
into 16 districts. This all Chapters receive attention, and detailed re- 
ports of the conditions are forwarded to the Grand Z. It has the marks 
of a complete and working organization. 

"Long service Jewels were presented to 22 Companions who had 
served earnestly and faithfully 25 years, and one to a Companion who 
had completed half a century of devotion to the Royal Arch. 

"To mark the fiftieth anniversary of its labours, a Chapter was 
granted permission to place a narrow piping of gold around the inside 
of the ribbon border of the aprons. 

"The disbursements, which included the item of $2,802 for printing 
a Pictorial History of the Grand Chapter, were $12,621. 

"As usual the Reviews are complete." 

Under England we read: — 

"There dues are listed as 'contributions' and come from Chapters 
in British possessions in various parts of the world." 

We reprint the whole Review of Ireland, which is little 
heard from now-a-days: — 

"We learn that under the Grand Chapter of Ireland there are 348 
Chapters; that 41 are in Dublin, 74 in Belfast, ten in South Africa, 
two in New Zealand and two in South Australia; also one each in India, 
Gibraltar, Western Australia and New South Wales. While the systems 
are different all recognize one another as Masonic. As in England and 
Scotland, few Chapters have to exceed fifty members." 

We quote from Kansas Review : — 

"Masonry is a voluntary institution. The things for which we 
stand do not rest upon statutes or regulations. We have no law to say 
to what degree a man shall love his neighbour, or to what extent he 
shall assist in the promotion of brotherhood. We rely entirely upon 
die character of the individual. The conferring of our degrees is but 
the processing of raw material in the form of human nature into what 
we hope will 'be a just and -upright Mason. 


"This Grand Chapter has lived within its income. That indicates an 
iron purpose in business management. 

"The Correspondence Report is by Albert K. Wilson. While he 
opines 'the years steal fire from the mind as vigour from the limb/ the 
report is up to the high standard." 

A touch from Ohio : — 

"The welcome: An address of welcome to the Grand Chapter of 
Ohio is probably as unnecessary as would be a marriage license to an 
alley tomcat. 

"The response: Reared as I was in an atmosphere of simplicity and 
moral rectitude, I should be foolish to enter into a disputation with Bob 
Guinthem, with his superior sophistication and worldly wisdom as to 
the moral standards and philandering activities of a tomcat." 

Saskatchewan gives a practical touch: — 

"For 'tis truth well known to most 
That whatsoever thing is lost 
We seek it, ere it come to light, 
In every cranny but the right." 


Frank D. Allen, Grand High Priest. 

Charles A. Patton, Grand Secretary. 

The Sixty-second Annual was held at Denver, September 
17, 1936. 

Fourteen Past Grand High Priests were present and hon- 

The Past G.H.P.'s were all presented with a beautiful 
P.G.H.P. Apron to be retained by each thereafter as his per- 
sonal Apron. 

Among the distinguished guests were Representatives of 
Nebraska, Kansas and the Grand Master of Colorado, and 
Stanley C. Warner, Sovereign Grand Inspector General of the 
Scottish Rite; the latter duly represented Canada. 

From the address of G.H.P. Allen the following extracts 
are of interest: — 

"Our fraternity represents the best citizenry of this great state; 
the leaders in the worth-while affairs of each community meet with us 
and join in our deliberations. In our membership we include every 
worthy business and profession, and our group now is and ever has been 
a most powerful influence for good in this beloved country of ours. 

"Thoughtful, patient and untiring labour of M.E. Com p. Gabriel. 
The seed planted by him' is now beginning to bloom and bear fruit. I 
was fortunate, indeed, to be able to follow in his footsteps and witness 
the result of his able and unselfish service. 

"Due care is taken in the making of new members, and no man, no 
matter what his moral character or social standing may be, is admitted 
unless the Companions are satisfied that he will make a stone that will 
fit into our symbolic temple. 


"Tn my opinion, the secret of a successful Chapter may be stated in 
two words — hard work." 

"I feel that it would be helpful for the officers to meet on two or 
three occasions during the year and that the other Grand Officers should 
make it a point to accompany the Grand High Priest at every oppor- 
tunity on the visitations." 

Books were found to be incomplete in 26 Chapters. 

Membership, 6,065. Net loss, 292. 

Milton E. Blake was elected G.H.P. 

The Committee on Memorials reported : — 

"Socrates long ago tried to get the Athenians to think logically on 
such terms as have always been used by man, such as virtue, courage, 
truth. But it seems we use those terms as loosely now as was done then. 
How much more difficult is our problem ! How happy that man to whom 
these questionings do not exist!" 

A beautiful portrait of the late William Wiseman Cooper, 
P.G.H.P., and Grand Secretary, who died November 16, 1935, 
forms a touching tribute to his worth. 

This verse is found among the In Memoriam pages : — 

Like leaves on trees the race of man is found, 

Now green in youth, now withering on the ground; 

Another race the following spring supplies; 

They fall successive, and successive rise; 

iSo generations in their course decay 

So flourish these, when those are pass'd away. 

Albert E. Bryson, of Toronto, is the Grand Representative 
of Colorado. 

Edwin H. Snyder presents an excellent Foreword to his 
able Review: — 

"We note the constructive work now carried on in many jurisdic- 
tions — a remarkable change from the years when 'you now may be 
seated among the Companions' was the final exhibited interest in newly 
made members — when receiving the applicant's money might well have 
been classed as obtaining goods under false pretenses. 

"Truth is evolved from error, and good often is the result of evil. 
Perhaps our sore afflictions yet may be blessings in disguise. Nature's 
law of absolute compensation may seemingly be delayed, but it never is 
abrogated. The Almighty helps those who help themselves. 

"Keep awake ; encourage proficiency in the esoteric work ; an under- 
standing of the significance of the degrees, and promote the spirit of 
fellowship hitherto shamefully neglected." 

From his appreciative and appreciated review of Canada in 
St. Catharines we make the following quotations : — 

"Described the city as the centre of the greatest fruit district in 
Canada, and whose product was shipped to all parts of the world." 

"Not so many from Michigan, New Jersey, British Columbia and 
Quebec, but in all a big company holding the title of 'Distinguished'." 

"Then there was General Grand High Priest O'Hara 

"For a suitable place the St. Thomas Anglican Church was tendered 
and accepted. 


" 'Age with Honour' jewels were bestowed upon some Companions 
who had served 55 years; others 50. 

"A paragraph from the Committee on Condition of Capitular 
Masonry: The ghost which annually appears upon the returns of chap- 
ters is again very much to the front, yet it is quite apparent many have 
failed to see the phantom, and mistake it for an active and positive .sub- 
stance when, in reality, the signs of mortification have, in many cases, 
already set in. 

"Now we come to the Reviews of the proceedings of other jurisdic- 
tions by that iprince of reviewers, now in his 82nd year. It is prefaced 
by a topical index, comprehensive to the minutest detail." 

This from the North Dakota Review : — 

"Not in Masonry only, but in every walk of life, we hear expressed 
desires for 'The Good Old Days'. It has been the cry since Heck was 
a pup, and the prediction that this old world is rapidly heading towards 
destruction has become a habit. It has been the same cry through the 
ages, and the calamity howler will always be with us. Our own inclin- 
ation is to answer, 'Bosh,' and let it go at that. 

"There is lots of good truth in his concluding comment yet the dis- 
heartening trials which millions of our people have been compelled to 
endure have not been all 'Bosh'." 

We quote from the Washington Review: — 

"The threefold ideal of all organizations is Creation, Protection and 

"American Masonry and American citizenship are .so closely inter- 
woven that to be a traitor to one would be a betrayer of the other." 

And from the West Virginia Review: — 

"His optimism is reflected in the assertion that 'we have arrived 
at the foot of the Mountain of Hope'." 


John C. Stanley, Grand High Priest. 

William L. Cort, Grand Secretary. 

George N. Delap, Grand Treasurer. 

The One Hundred and Thirty-eighth Annual was held in 
Hartford (of happy memories) May 12th, 1936. 

Fifteen P.G.H.P.'s graced the Grand East, all well known 
names, including Edgar B. Ellis, to whom thisl reviewer owes 
much for courtesies extended. 

George N. Delap faithfully represented Canada. 

Distinguished guests from New York, Pennsylvania, 
Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, Delaware, New Hamp- 
shire and Quebec were all hospitably welcomed, together with 
Grand Master Lewis. 

From the address of the G.H.P. we make the following ex- 
tracts : — 

"May your stay with us prove as worthwhile to you as yours will 
be to us. 


"Father time inexorably takes his toll. Our Grand Secretary, George 
A. Kies, was summoned without warning. 

"I hope to see my Pilot face to face 
When I have crossed the bar. 

"We outlined a very flexible plan of campaign, that the Inspecting 
Officers might use, as an experiment. 

"I find nothing in our Code or laws preventing intelligent, tactful 
and dignified proselyting, always keeping in mind, that we are a digni- 
fied body and particularly the fitness of the brother approached, both 
morally and financially, that he may not be overpersuaded to take on 
a burden beyond his capacity. 

"I do not hold for mass production or high-powered salesmanship; 
neither have a place in our Chapters. 

"The formation of Composite Degree Teams is another interesting 
and far reaching instrument to arouse and preserve interest. 

"Stimulate attendance by creating a Committee of forty-five (45) 
members to be known as Inter Chapter Representatives. 

"What may be termed an innovation, in that he appointed two 
proxies (to lighten the burden on each) to visit the Chapters assigned 
to him." 

He exercises his privilege of visiting many other Grand 
Jurisdictions, interchange always full of mutual pleasures and 

Among his decisions he answered this question with a de- 
cided negative. 

Can an unaffiliated Mason still hold membership in his 
Chapter and pay his dues after time limit has expired, para- 
graph I. The answer is NO. 

From the report of the Grand Scribe this remembered 

phrase: — 

"Him who is dead and gone, honour with remembrance, not with 

He thus concludes: — 

"Reminded of the words used in many ships logs as the final daily 
entry. It was: 'So ends the day' — so ends the day of this account, but 
it closes not with these quoted words. 

"No blast of air or fire of sun 

Puts out the light whereby we run 

With girdled loins our lamplit race, 

And each from each takes heart of grace 

And spirit 'till his turn be done." 

Membership, 12,592. Loss, 576. 

G. Percival Bard was elected G.H.P. 

The well! remembered features of M.E. George Allen Kies 
is reproduced in the Proeedings and of him it is said :— 

"A widely known music critic referred to him as 'the foremost 
organist in the country'. He was one of the founders of the American 
Guild of Organists and was a leader in many musical societies. 


"The Altar and jewels in every Chapter in this Grand Jurisdiction 
be draped in mourning for a period of thirty days." 

The roll call of Chapters was called at the end of the meet- 
ing held, which was then closed in ample form. 

The order of High Priesthood was conferred. 

Harvey J. Milne, of Kingston, an enthusiastic Mason of 
good report is the Grand Representative of Connecticut. 


Calvin E. Afflerbach, G.H.P. 

John W. Macklem, Grand Secretary. 

The Sixty-eighth Convocation was held in Wilmington on 
the 15th January, 1936. 

Sixteen permanent members P.G.H.P.'s were welcomed 
and honoured. 

Delaware practises bountiful hospitality. In addition to 
Delaware Officers, distinguished guests from New York, New 
Jersey, District of Columbia, Virginia, Maryland and Penn- 

The General Grand Chapter in the person of Henry De- 
Witt Hamilton, Past General G.H.P. , responded to the wel- 
come with an instructive and entertaining address. 

The G.H.P. also happens to be the Present G.M. of Cryptic 

From the address of the G.H.P. the following citations : — 

"Death cannot slay our Companions, it can only change the bench 

at which they work, the place of their occupation, the post at which 

they serve. 

"The topics we used were 'For God', 'Challenge of Masonry' and 

'Masonic Education'. The things we stressed in these talks may be 

summed up in a few paragraphs: 

". . . . These are trying times but as Masons we can set examples which 
youth may follow. If you want youth to be moral, if you want youth 
to think of God more often than at marriages and funerals, at Xmas 
or Easter time, it is up to you to set a fine example of public church 
worship .... 
". . . . There are those subversive forces that are at work within our 
borders that seek to overthrow our form of government by force and 
violence. There are those who would barter our democracy for the 
political enslavement of an alien potentate. There must be a fight to 
death with the Church and Masonry on one side and Communism on 
the other. 

Great truths may be found by search within our temples. Too 
often, after we find them, we are selfish and keep them to ourselves 
instead of giving them to the less informed. The sponge and the 
spring furnish us a homely example of two types of Companions. 
The sponge takes everything within its grasp. It never gives any- 
thing unless you squeeze it. The spring gives and gives and gives, 
making possible the brook, the creek, the river and as they wind 


their way to the mighty ocean make possible the pleasant valleys and 

fruitful vegetation. Would that we had more of the latter type 

among our membership .... 

"There are always part of our Companions who are looking for the 
honours without doing very much work. May I say that for those who 
do the work, who assume and share responsibility, to them will come 
honours unsolicited." 

Canada was duly represented by George S. Scott. 

Membership— 1,486. Net loss (3.68%) 57. 

The Committee on Memorials made a poetic report. 

"At the close of day when the evening shadows fall and the sun 
sinks below the horizon, its light still lingers in the sky and illuminates 
the world for a considerable period. So it is with men who have worked 
faithfully upon the tapestry of life when they depart this earthly exist- 
ence. They leave us — 'we miss the touch of a vanished hand, and the 
sound of a voice that is stilled'— but they leave, like an afterglow, much 
of themselves behind to hearten and inspire those who are still players 
on life's stage of action." 

"Do you tell me that there is naught beyond 
The cold, unfriendly grave; 
That there is naught in these bodies of ours 
That God may care to save? 

Why did he give us this beautiful world, 

And the sunlight's golden gleam; 
Why not let the sun, moon and stars die out, 

And chaos reign supreme?" 

Herman H. Hanson was elected G.H.P. 

R. Ex. Comp. Slack of Toronto, a Mason of good word 
and good work, is the Grand Representative of Delaware. 

Many standing resolutions are reprinted in order to re- 
mind the Companions of their obligations. Among them the 
following: — 

"Book of Marks. — All Mark Masons are required to adopt a Mark, 
have the same recorded in the Book of Marks, in ink, officers of Subor- 
dinate Chapters using all endeavours to have those who are at present 
members and who have not chosen for themselves a mark, to do so." 

"Membership Co-existent. — Membership in a 'Chapter be co-existent 
with membership in a Blue Lodge, i.e., that <a Companion who is dimitted 
from a Blue Lodge for more than one year, forfeits his membership in 
his Chapter." 

Thomas J. Day, honoured Grand Correspondent, who has 
served for eighteen years in that capacity, thus introduced his 
work : — 

"This year we are able to report that Fifty-eight Varieties have re- 
ceived our attention, some for more than one year. We have selected 
such items as we thought would be interesting to our Companions. The 
general tone of the Proceedings seems tobe better." 

This from the Review of British Columbia : — 

"I have found in every Chapter every possible leniency to Com- 
panions who, through lack of employment and other causes, have been 


unable to pay their Chapter dues. Suspension has been avoided except 
in the most extreme cases, remission of dues or extension of time for 
payment, being in nearly every case resorted to." 

Canada at Kitchener is well reviewed. He describes the 
reception of distinguished visitors and the words of welcome 
of Companions Dunstan and Ponton as follows: — 

"On behalf of the Grand Z. and the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of Canada I extend to our guests a true friendship welcome 
personally, individually, and collectively. The Grand Chapter was called 
off and a civic welcome was extended." 

He quotes at length and with approbation from the ad- 
dress of the Grand Z. : — 

"Of changing conditions he says in part: 'The social, economic and 
industrial conditions of the world are out of step with those of a few 
years ago. People had become so prosperous and extravagant in their 
way of living that they find it difficult and almost impossible to adjust 
themselves to present day conditions. ... I do not want to appear pessi- 

Of the Grand Superintendents he says: — 

"The reports of the Grand Superintendents of the several districts 
give in detail the conditions as they exist in the several Chapters. Over 
fifty pages of the Proceedings are devoted to these reports." 

He emphasizes the benevolence and he is kind enough to 
say of this Reviewer. 

"The Reviews of Proceedings are by Comp. Pomton, who possibly 
writes the best review it has been our privilege to consider." 


Robert L. Kause, G.HJ\ 

J. Claude Keiper, Grand Secretary. 

In the 'biography of G.H.P., Robert L. Kause, we read :— 

"One of the most evident results of M. Ex. Comp. Kause's devotion 
to Masonry is the confidence with which he has imbued its members as 
they contemplate the future. A careful study of the conditions enabled 
him to choose the psychological moment to advance and to stress the 
belief that the turning point in Capitular affairs had arrived." 

The Sixty-eighth Annual was held in Washington Feb- 
ruary 13, 1935. Eleven G.H.P.'s were dutifully present. 

Canada was represented by Lucien G. Young. 

The Grand Master and visitors from Delaware, Maryland, 
New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania were duly wel- 

From the address of the G.H.P. we make the following 
quotations : — 

"We have seemingly passed the nadir of the depression and are on 
the upward road, as a larger number of interested brothers have knocked 
at our gates. But, if the year is to be measured in terms of increased 


interest and revived fraternalism, then, indeed, can we claim gratifying 
progress, for we reinstated a total of 80." 


"Some time at eve, when the tide is low, 
I shall slip my mooring and sail away, 
With no response to the friendly hail 
Of kindred craft in the busy bay. 

A few who have watched me sail away 
Will miss my craft from the busy bay. 
But I shall have peacefully furled my sail 
In moorings sheltered from storm and gale." 

"We had recorded on our rolls as of December 31, 1934, 4,796 as 
against 5,158 in 1933. This means a loss of 362 for the year. 307 were 
dropped by the Chapters for non-payment of dues against 367 last year, 
52 were dropped because of suspension by their Lodges, as against 75 
in the previous year." 

"No Chapter was ever a real success through accident. It takes 
real work and definite planning. It is not sufficient that we stand on the 
sidelines and sagely observe that 'the situation is fraught with potentiali- 
ties of great psychological significance.' Let us ask ourselves what 
we have done. If we can renew and strengthen the contacts that our 
Capitular membership affords, there is no goal too remote for attainment. 
We have been fortunate in having a group which worked 'without luke- 
warmness or inattention' and I wish at this time to record my full 
appreciation of the intelligent and constructive activity of the High 
Priests' Association." 


"There seems to be nothing that the Grand Chapter can do concern- 
ing this project other than to urge the continued interest of the Com- 
panions in this worthy activity." 

"Moving ever confidently onward remembering that the glory of 
Masonry is not recorded on our roster but is indelibly engraved upon 
the hearts of men." 

"Wars may come, or raging fires, my son, 
But yet these towers and walls will ever stand; 

For they were built into Eternity, 
And even if crushed down would rise again; 

For eager hands and hearts would catch the vision then, 
And build them into Beauty that is God." 

Membership— 4,796. Net loss— 363. 

Lucien G. Young-, Canada's Grand Representative, made an 
able report as Grand visitor and lecturer. 

Otto B. Roepke was elected G.H.P. 

Robert W. Clewlo now a venerable but active veteran, is 
the honoured Grand Representative of District of Columbia. 

J. Walter Karsner presents a very satisfying report on 
correspondence. It is quaintly humorous at times as we 
gather from his foreword, from which we quote : — 


"The smoker was not the success that the men in charge hoped for. 
Without any further explanation it was a disappointment to all con- 
cerned, and all because so many of you men are unwilling to stir your- 
selves. Once or twice a year we try to have you meet together under 
agreeable circumstances, and then you fall down on us — no support — no 
spirit — no pride in your organization or in your church honour, but 
plenty of supine indifference to all efforts made and an utter lack of 
consideration for those who go to all the trouble to arrange these affairs 
for your pleasure and convenience. Consider for a moment the chagrin 
of those in charge when they make provision for three hundred members 
(about half of those on the rolls), sweat for days in preparing things, 
struggle to provide one or two prominent speakers to address you, scour 
the city for some good entertainment and then — about one hundred put 
in their appearance. 

"The ones who did come were the finest men in the church, busy 
men who could have found plenty of excuses for absenting themselves if 
they so desired, but they had more spirit and more consideration and 
more cooperation than to fail their fellow members whose efforts they 
appreciate. Perhaps we make the great mistake of looking for quantity 
instead of quality in these meetings but the fact is that we thought we 
had more quality than we seem to possess among our men." 

"The article is interesting and valuable in this respect: if it repre- 
sents the experience of those at the head of a church, many of whose 
members are tutored from infancy; if their membership fails in its at- 
tendance and activity, how much more tolerant should we be with a 
membership which is entirely voluntary and to whom we continually 
stress the desirability of independence in thought and action?" 

"If a cloistered child were suddenly set down in the toy department 
of a great store,, would he not naturally occupy himself with his newly 
discovered treasures? Sit him in a modern toy automobile with all its 
glittering accessories and would he have thought for the books and 
plainer things he once thought grand?" 

"Might we not ask ourselves whether the quality of organization has 
not been permitted to deteriorate — whether by too low petition fees and 
dues, cheap 'entertainment', unwise publicity, ill-considered campaigns, 
we have not made of this once stable, dignified, sacred, priceless frater- 
nity, with its mystic background of the ages, a mere 'lodge meeting' on 
a plane with the scores of cheap organizations." 

"Masonry is the obligation of the Master Mason's degree; all other 
bodies or branches are but a refinement of the lessons there taught — 
luxuries to be enjoyed in time when luxuries are to be afforded. Our 
market for these will be small for a time to come." 

"We have one thing to offer not to be found in the same basic quality 
anywhere in the world: true fraternity — tolerant, helpful brotherhood. 
Consolidate our bodies so as to afford economic operation, proper facili- 
ties, and competent officers, concentrate all energies on those things." 

The District of Columbia Reviewer hails British Columbia 
as follows: — 

"There is only one thing to keep us on our feet; and that is solicita- 
tion for petitions." 

"In such differences of viewpoint — in difference in capacity for leader- 
ship, lies the reason why Masonry as a whole falls so far below its 
possibilities — fails to interest those who might contribute most strength. 
It helps to heal the haughtiness of the rich and the envy of the poor, 
and tends to establish 'Peace on Earth'." 


Canada is appreciatively reviewed after the statistics and 
the welcome of the Mayor of Brockville. We read: — 

"We shall always remember him as the man who, at a civic luncheon 
presided over by the Mayor of Toronto in the spacious ballroom of the 
King Edward Hotel, without a word of warning other than a very 
gracious introduction, called upon us to speak to an assemblage which 
seemed to contain all the people in Canada! We shall never forget the 
kindly, sincere hospitality we found on our first visit to the country to 
the North, nor how we thrilled to their whole-hearted singing of 'God 
Save the King' and 'The Maple Leaf Forever'." 

"One Chapter requested permission to add gold piping to its apron 
in recognition of its fifty years of existence. We have one Chapter 
chartered in 1818 — Potomac — with 117 years of service." 

"The Grand Scribe E. reported 270 registrations, 49 joinings, 30 
restorations, 348 deaths." 

"Watchman, what of the night? 

The ways are dark. 
Faith holds her wings, and Hope in piteous flight 

Has dimmed her radiant lamp to feeble spark. 
Love bleeding lies, 

But — I see the morning light." 

This from the Review of Minnesota: — 

"To this writer it seems that a membership can be better stimulated 
by reading of activity and progress in other jurisdictions, than by 
ostrich-like burying its head in the discouragement of its own retro- 

Quebec receives well merited praise: — 

". . . . Allan P. Shatford. During the last session of the Sovereign 
Great Priory of Canada we were privileged to listen to an address by 
this gifted Companion which we remember with admiration. His report 
stated that he had found improved conditions in his jurisdiction." 

A few words from Tennessee : — 

"I am sorry for the Masons in this jurisdiction who are not Royal 
Arch Masons. It would be a great inspiration to associate with this 
body of men." 

From Texas the following : — 

"Let us raise our Ebenezers and rededicate and reconsecrate our 
energies. . . ." 

"What's an Ebenezer? 

"Eighteen were set apart to the Order of High Priesthood, out of 
274 Chapters!" 

This from Wyoming- Review is interesting: — 
"A gavel described as 'more Ancient than the Golden Fleece or 
Roman Eagle' and titled 'the Gavel of Time'. It was said to be made 
from 'butternut wood that grew in the primeval forests of Wyoming 
millions of years ago, and which through the course of ages had become 


Two copies of the Quarterly Convocation of 5th February, 
1936, have been received. 


M. Ex. Comp. Reverend Canon Hubert Curtis, M.A., Third 
Grand Principal, acted as First Grand Principal. 

Hampshire and Isle of Wight and Norfolk filled the other 
two chairs. 

The Earl of Harewood signified his assent to* the enquiry 
as to whether he could undertake the duties of the office to 
which he was elected, took the necessary obligation and was 
elected as Pro Grand First Principal and was duly installed 
into that Chair. He made an excellent address. 

The Committee had the melancholy duty to report the 
death of many present and past Grand Officers, all of whom 
had been conspicuous by their devotion to Royal Arch 

Eight Petitions for new Chapters being regular, the 
Supreme Committee recommended that their prayers be 

Herbert F. Mainsty is President of General Purposes Com- 

Hon. Claude James, Grand Superintendent Tasmania, 
Scottish Constitution, was a welcome visitor. 

The death of King George V. was most feelingly referred to. 
We quote : — 

"I will not attempt to add to the wonderful tributes which have 
been paid to his memory, not only in this country and Empire but 
throughout the whole civilised world. I will humbly leave with you 
the thought which was uppermost in my own mind during the impres- 
sive scenes which we have witnessed — namely, that our beloved King 
is at pence. 

"And, as we leave him thus, our heartfelt sympathy goes out to 
our dear Queen, his' partner for so many years. No one could have 
known more than Her Majesty how the troubles of State tried him. 
May she have the consolation that many of her widowed subjects have 
had, viz., that her loss has brought to her husband peace. Our prayers 
also go up for the new King, our Brother. 

"The souls of the righteous are in the hands of God, and there shall 
no torment touch him, for they are at peace. 

"The following procession was then formed, and escorted E. Comp. 
General Sir Francis Davies into Grand Chapter, under the direction of 
the Grand Director of Ceremonies." 


George A. Dame, Grand High Priest. 

Cary B. Fish, Grand Secretary. 

The Ninetieth Annual was held in Marianna, May 5, 

Nine Past G.H.P.'s were honoured and did honour to the 
Grand East. 

Chester DeRocher duly represented Canada. 


Distinguished visitors, including the Grand Master, were 
were welcomed and the G.H.P. read a relatively brief 
address : — 

"The time has now arrived for me to make a report of my steward- 
ship for the past year. I have not made many visits to the various 
Chapters. This was due to several reasons. Dwindling funds in the 
Grand Treasury, limited leisure on my part; a feeling that through 
close touch with my Deputies who have been active and zealous in their 
respective Districts, I could guide and promote their activities to a suc- 
cessful administration. . . . men of high intelligence, ability and char- 
acter and have been earnest, zealous and industrious in the promotion 
of capitular Masonry." 

"Comp. Greer inaugurated a movement that has added greater 
strength, cohesiveness and continuity to the present set up of Capitular 
Masonry in Florida. He was the first Grand High Priest that called a con- 
ference of the immediate Past Grand High Priest and of the members of 
his council for the purpose of discussing policies and appointments." 

One of his decisions was: — 

"Either he should be held to be an expelled Mason in Florida by the 
Grand Lodge of Florida, in which case he lost his Chapter standing; or 
that he should be tried by the Chapter in Florida of which he was a 

How names perpetuate themselves is illustrated by the fol- 
lowing delinquent Chapters: — 

"Kissimmee No. 10, Inverness No. 14, Nassau No. 49, and Hill City 
No. 55 have made no returns and paid no dues." 

Membership— 3,575. 

The Committee on Memorials quote: — 

"The Lord of death has risen, 
The stone is rolled away." 

Cleveland R. Home was elected G.H.P. 

R. Ex. Comp. James H. Cowan, of Gait, is the Grand Repre- 
sentative of Florida. 

The Order of High Priesthood duly met in Annual As- 


William T. S. O'Hara, General Grand High Priest. 

Charles Arthur Conover, General Grand Secretary. 

Mattison Boyd Jones, Los Angeles, General Grand High 

The Fo>rty-third Triennial Convocation was held at St. 
Louis, Missouri, on October 7th, 1936. 

The frontispiece of the Proceedings is a characteristic 
portrait of Companion O'Hara. 

The opening ceremonies were conducted by Grand Chapter 
of Missouri meeting in special convocation, 


G.H.P. Briggs thanked the officers for their excellent co- 
operation, saying : — 

"The habit of having Subordinate Chapters open and receive us, 
and everything went along smoothly until we ran into some folks who 
didn't know any more about opening than we did (laughter) ; so we 
had to learn how to open. 

"... Civil War, when ties of comradeship had been broken, when 
out Companions were maimed and wounded; and our historians inform 
us this meeting here did much to bind up those wounds and heal those 
injured bonds of friendship. 

"(Descending to the altar) May I have the pleasure, Most Excellent 
Sir, of accompanying you to the Grand East? 

"I want to surrender to you the gavel of the Grand Chapter of 

The Grand Marshal invited the distinguished visitors to 
the Grand East when Mrs, Havens sang "A Song of Praise" 
and "A Friend of You." 

In acknowledging the G.G.H.P. said : — 

"The word welcome has not been flaunting in the air, but it has 
been impressed upon our hearts every hour of the day by some kind 
action. Who would not accept a welcome to your heavenly place, where 
angels sing and artists render the finest of music? (Applause.) And 
back of it all are the golden voices of those who receive and welcome 
us, and convince us that there is no better land than Missouri. (Ap- 

"By virtue of the power and authority in me vested I now declare 
the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Missouri duly closed." 

A composite gavel was presented and acknowledged 
thus: — 

"I accept this in the spirit in which it is given. I shall treasure 
always the remembrance of the occasion. It will be my pleasure to have 
the silver plate engraved as you have said, and the gavel kept in the 
archives of this General Grand Chapter. 

"That souls which once we knew 
Have prescience in them of the things we do." 

G.G.C. Lewis offered an invocation: — 

"Almighty God, great Grand High Priest, our Lord and our friend, 
before Thee this morning we come to ask Thy blessing on us as together 
here we learn to travel the pathways of life. 

"We know that to Thee we may come as to a father. We ask the 
privilege of being with Thee as Thy children, of learning from Thee 
the love for each other, the understanding which we need so much." 

Three Past General G.H.P.'s were present, Craig of Iowa, 
Hamilton of Rhode Island, and Neilson of Kansas. 

Independent Chapters including Cordova, Alaska, are 

Total votes, 371. 

Distinguished visitors were welcomed in the persons of 
Clyde I. Webster of Detroit, Representatives of Texas, of Que- 
bec and of Pennsylvania, the Scottish Rite, General Grand 


Council, including Thomas J. Cochrane of Ontario, Knights 
Templars, Grand Masters of several Jurisdictions, to whom 
Grand Honors were given. 

Regrets were read from George L. Gardiner, Kenneth J. 
Dunstan and Edwin Smith, all Past Grand Z.'s of Canada. 

The address of the G.G.H.P. O'Hara was long and full of 
nuggets of precious ore and of good stories. We quote: — 

"Our cup of joy runneth over and we realize that all the various 
Rites of Freemasonry are joined together by indissoluble links of bro- 
therly love and friendship. 

"'Tis the heart and not the brain 
That to the highest doth atain, 
And he who follows Love's behest 
Far excelleth all the rest. 

"To each of us is given but an infinitesimal bit of time on earth 
as compared with the eternity that awaits us. 

"To all Royal Arch Masons He is the goal they seek. To find Him. 
we must set our faces to the skies and not to the dust. 

"When men go down to the sea in ships, 
'Tis not to the sea they go; 
Some isle or pole the mariner's goal, 
And thither they sail through calm and gale. 
When down to the sea they go 

Though outward bound, God's world is round. 
And only a ship is Death. 

WhenI go down to the sea by ship, 

And Death unfurls her sail, 
Weep not for me, for there will be 
A living host on another coast 

To beckon and give 'All Hail!' 

"Our Permanent Fund is increasing annually. Its total amount was 

"Would it be unmasonic to rent stores in such premises to tenant^ 
engaged in the liquor-selling business? Answer. Yes. 

"Does Honolulu Chapter, No. 1, require permission from the General 
Grand High Priest to expend its funds for a new building and site** 
Answer. No. 

"Among these mistakes may be noted: 

"1. Lack of knowledge of the philosophy and symbolism of Royal 
Arch Masonry by the active line officers. 

"2. Reading from the rituals, or frequent reference to them, during 
the ceremonies of opening and closing and conferring the degrees. 

"3. Work delivered in monotone, without inflection or emphasis, in 
voice so low as to be scarcely audible even to the candidate. 

"4. Failure to hold convacations when there is neither degree work 
nor petitions to be either received or balloted upon. 

"5. Annual advancement in office. By this I mean a practice that 
has sprung up and become fixed in many Chapters of advancing the 
line officers each year without regard to qualification, and further, that 
each of such officers has come to feel that once in line he has a vested 


right to continue through the offices of the Chapter, to and including 
the office of High Priest. 

"Our late Past General Grand High Priest, William F. Kuhn, justly 
recognized as one of Freemasonry's most distinguished and able mem- 
bers, graphically pictured the difficulties resulting from mass produc- 
tion then facing Royal Arch Masonry, and with amazing accuracy pro- 
phesied the ultimate results to the craft, as follows: 'Ther has been 
a great rush into Freemasonry. There has been a hip and hoorah about 
it. Men have come, having no conception of what Freemasonry is, but 
they are going to drop out. The tide is going out.' 

"On the subject of translation of our Rituals into the Spanish lan- 
guage, first reports were generally unfavourable, but some later reports 
were favourable. 

"February 25 and 26. Grand Chapter of Ontario, Canada, at St. 

"In countries where float the Stars and Stripes or the Union Jack 
as symbols of allegiance to and the authority of the governments of 
either the United States or Great Britain, also in the Scandinavian 
countries, Holland and Czechoslovakia, and the countries of North and 
South America, with the exception of Ecuador, Freemasonry is not being 
disturbed by external foes, although it is confronted, as we are, with 
problems of its own. In other countries, Freemasonry is attacked, either 
internally or externally. 

"Aggregate net Capitular membership in the United States as per 
the last available reports, 602,423. 

"Cursed be the social ties that sin against the strength of youth; 

Cursed be the social lies that warp us from the living truth." 

"Organizations exist, seemingly uncontrolled but most active, for the 
sole purpose of destroying our government. 

"Unless we become deeply interested, united, and active in combat- 
ing these evils which gnaw like a cancer at the roots of our civilization, 
our national government and our Freemasonry are in danger of sup- 

"Emerson, in speaking of philosophy, defines it as 'The account 
which the human mind gives to itself of the constitution of the world'. 
And so we may say that Masonic philosophy is the account which the 
minds of Freemasons give to them of the constitution of Freemasonry. 

"Freemasonry is a magic word. It is a calm and peaceful haven 
where we may seek rest from the storms of life. The spirit of God 
dwells in it. It is a place of joy, a thinking place where one may quietly 
clarify his ideals, and renew his hopes. 

"Our hope is in the aftermath — 
Our hope is in heroic men, 

Star-led to build the world again. 
To this event the ages ran: 

Make way for Brotherhood — make way for man!" 

The Committee on Shortening the Elective line of General 
Grand Chapter report: — 

"We believe it is self evident that our fraternity, like every other 
human institution, must meet changed and changing conditions. If we 
do not, we admit our incompetency. This your committee does not pro- 
pose to do. 


"We are compelled to admit the need of some changes which will 
enable our General Grand High Priests to come to that position when 
there is still physical energy sufficient 'to carry the message to Gratia.' " 

There was a traditional Missouri Dinner at the Coronado 
Hotel in honour of Grand High Priests and Grand Masters 
and a reception and ball was held in honour of Mr. and Mrs. 
O'Hara. A photo of the dinner party looks most hospitable 
and inviting-. 

Mattison Boyd Jones was elected General Grand High 
Priest and John Huske Anderson of Raleigh, North Carolina, 
was elected Deputy. 

The Committee on Memorials quoted : — 

"Life is real? Life is earnest! 

And the grave is not its goal. 

Dust thou are, to dust returnest, 

Was not spoken of the Soul!" 

William W. Williamson of Quebec termed "The Am- 
bassador from Canada", says : — 

"It is a great delight to be with you today and to bring to you the 
cordial good feeling and wishes of the Province, of the Grand Chapter 
of the Province of Quebec. I come to you not perhaps so much in that 
capacity but as an international ambassador of good-will. Never, I be- 
lieve, has there been a time when we should more get together nationally, 

"Not when you come, but wither bound; 
Not what you have, but whether found 
Strong in the right, the good, the true; 
These are the things worth while to you." 

In his valedictory the G.H.P. O'Hara said: — 
"We have done constructive work, the only kind that should engage 
the attention of Freemasons." 

The General Grand Secretary presented a bouquet of red 
roses for the California DeMolay. 

A wonderful Masonic address was delivered by Reverend 
Thomas W. Fessenden, D.D., Grand Orator, teeming with 
humour as well as with spirit, aspiration and inspiration. 

"I had not seen him for years. His first wife had died; and he 
had gone over to France as a Y.M.C.A. Secretary with the boys there 
during the war. He began talking to me about one thing, immediately 
when I met him, and this one thing was the most beautiful woman he 
had even seen in all his life. 

"He came to Pittsburgh to engage in business. He was at one of 
the big hotels in the city, and telephoned to me, asking me to come 
down to see him. I went down to the hotel, and went up to one of the 
top floors to his fine suite of rooms. I was shown into the room where 
he was seated all alone. We talked for a few moments, the door opened, 
and a perfectly lovely and beautiful lady came into the room. He intro- 
duced this lady to me as his wife. As innocently as a man could, I said, 
'Oh, this is the lovely lady you were talking so much about to me in 


France?' But, you see, it was not that lady. (Laughter.) And worse 
than that, he had not told this lady about that lady. (Great laughter.) 
You can talk about life's most embarrassing moment, and a faux pas or 
a social error all you please. That was it in perfection. (Laughter.) 
I have never seen fire in a woman's eyes like I saw in that woman's 
eyes; and I have never seen a man wobble on his knees th way I saw 
that man wobble on his — (great laughter) — and being a Methodist Min- 
ister, as diplomatically as I could I withdrew from the scene of action, 
for I knew that he was in for a hotter fight than any he had seen in 
France. (Great laughter and applause). 

"There are three prevailing philosophies of our day. 

"The first is known as Humanism. 

"The second great prevailing philosophy is the philosophy of Be- 

". . . . and there is no such thing as Character; there is no such 
thing as living for good things, but all is the same. It makes no differ- 
ence what you do, a man's behaviour is conditioned by the forces that 
impinge upon him. 

"The third prevailing philosophy of your day is that of Defense 
Mechanism. These agnostics who adhere to this philosophy say that we 
are a lot of yellow cowards who believe in God. 

"Also, I want to speak to you, as part of this prevailing philosophy, 
that they want us to ditch everything that is old. There is a passion 
for new things. If a thing is new you rush to the bargain counter to 
get it. If it is old you want to scrap it. 

"The next of these situations which I want to point out is that 
known as Disillusionment. Frederick W. Boreham, the greatest living 
essayist of our day, who had thirty-one volumes of essays to his credit, 
says that the most critical hour of life is the hour of disillusionment. 

"Then finally, it is necessary that you have some great beliefs. 
Doubt never built anything. It may have opened the doors to belief, 
but it never, of itself, has (built anything; and the great necessity of 
our day is that our people shall have a few great fundamental belief? 
in their hearts that nothing can take out of them. 

"We discussed as to whether St. Patrick was an Irishman or a 
Scotchman. You know, it has never been settled, and we did not settle 
it, and I don't know whether anybody ever will settle it. But when we 
got through talking about St. Patrick, he held up his hand and said, 
'Hold on, this is where I live; I want to get out.' There was a little 
house by the side of the road. He got out and turned around to say 
good-bye to me. He took hold of my hand and shook it as he did the 
first time. He said, as he looked up into my eyes, 'I want to tell you, 
sir, I am just as much what I wuz as I was before I wuz riding down 
the road with you.' I looked down into his honest Irish face and said, 
'My dear old Irish Brother, here, too — I am just as much what I was 
as I was before I was riding down the road with you. Good-bye!' 

"Now, brethren, what is that? I call on you, in the name of God, 
is that bigotry? Is that prejudice? Is that narrowness? Is that selfish- 
ness? No. I did not try to make a Scotchman, Methodist preacher, 
Republican out of him; he did not try to make an Irishman, Roman 
Catholic, Democrat out of me. This is what it is: Two stray bits of 
humanity, blown together on a country highway, riding a few miles to- 
gether, talking it over, when they parted were just what they were 
when they met, not because they were narrow. bigots, but because each 
of them had, somehow, found a few great beliefs to hold to in the day 
of storm, to live by, to work by, to play by, and if necessary, to die 


by; and if the stars fell from the sky above, they would still hold to 
those beliefs and nothing could ever take them out of them. 

"If you ask me what this United States of America needs, that is 
what it needs. If you ask me what Masonry needs, that is what it 
needs. If you ask me what the Church needs, that is what it needs." 

Canada and Edwin Smith are duly listed in Foreign names. 

Amendments to Articles on Constitution and Standing 
regulations and decisions are reproduced in full. The volume 
is most interesting throughout. 


F. A. Johnson, Grand High Priest. 

W. J. Penn, Jr., Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Fourteenth Annual Convocation was 
was held in Macon, July 29th, 1936. 

After singing of the old hymn "How Firm a Foundation" 
invocation was offered for Divine guidance. 

Thirteen P.G.H.P.'s were present. 

Canada was represented by Charles R. McCord. 

Distinguished guests from New York and General Grand 
Chapter were welcomed and honoured. 

The G.H.P. said in his address : — 

"In the very brief message I had prepared, I come to you with 
the exuberance of Health, Happiness and Good Will — but, alas, the 
recent manifestation of God's power and His divine direction of the 
elements has curbed that spirit. I come to you in sadness. 

"Picture the grim monster astride a mighty steed riding furiously 
on the wind in quest of ivictims, helpless ibefore his onslaught. With 
a roar of diabolical rage he rode into the cities of Cordele and Gaines- 

"Wouldst thou have me merry, when death hovered over our cities 
and people? 

"This morning, in the place of happy homes, thriving business, 
beautiful churches, there are desolated areas where homes once stood, 
helpless, homeless widows, innocent orphans. 

"Go back to your homes asd devise plans for the workmen whereby 
funds may be raised to continue the relief. I hope that each Chapter 
in this jurisdiction and the individual Companions 'give 'til it hurts' 
and what you give, give freely. 

"The natural question of frail humanity, 'Why?' is unanswered yet. 
But some day 'when the mists have rolled away' and the white stone 
with its strange name is explained, then we may understand." 

He records four Charters of Chapters surrendered dur- 
ing the year. 

He records one reception as a cold one in Tennessee but 
apparently within there was a "blast of everlasting joy". 

He eulogizes the Grand Secretary: — 

"If I had been endowed by nature and environments with a literary 
artistry by which I could 'deck the lily and tint the rose,' I would paint 


for you a picture of our dynamic Secretary in such vivid colouring that 
he, himself, nor his good wife would recognize. 

" 'As a twig is bent, the tree's inclined'. 'As the Secretary is, so is 
the lodge'." 

He quotes from the Masonic Messenger as follows : — 

"The keynote of his messages to the Craft, without equivocation 
or reservation, is the conservation of the life of the Youth of Georgia. 

"Georgia is sponsoring an elaborate program for the conservation 
of her wild life in forest and stream which has elicited the hearty sup- 
port of all Georgians. 

"If radio's slim fingers can pluck a melody from the night and toss 
it over continent and sea 
If the soulful, rich notes of a violin can be blown across the moun- 
tains and through a city's din 
If songs like crimson roses are culled from thin, blue air 
Why, then, should mortals wonder that God hears prayer." 

Membership, 6,404. Net; loss, 788. 

The Grand Secretary says in his Report : — 

"The reason that they are in that condition today is because the 
officers seem to think they will run themselves. 

"What Is In Store For UiSi? — In my humble opinion the greatest 
need of this Grand Chapter is cooperation. If every officer would do his 
duty, there could be a very different report made one year hence. Com- 
panions, we have a golden opportunity to rebuild our Grand Chapter." 

B. Palmer Axson was elected G.H.P. 

A full report of the Educational Loan Fund is given, $1,345 
having been loaned during the year. 

The Committee on General Welfare does good work. We 
quote : — 

"The past is behind us. Let us not brood over the mistakes we have 
made, but profit by experience, so that, when the present becomes the 
past, and the future the present, we can note improvement on every 
page of life's drama. 

"The effort of organized propaganda can ibe combatted in our 
Chapters and we should carefully watch for any insidious propaganda 
as it often comes to us in sugar-coated forms. 

"It is recommended that future loans from this fund to minor chil- 
dren be secured by parent or guardian against death, marriage or claim 
of illegality of paper at time loan is secured." 

The Committee on the Grand Secretary's Report say: — 
"Our nation is facing the need of real patriotism. Masonry and 
American patriotism are inseparable. We can do no greater service 
to our nation in its present crisis than to increase Masonic knowledge." 

This Reviewer has the honour of being the Grand Repre- 
sentative of Georgia, a post he has filled for many years. 

Many candidates received the Degree of the Order of High 

Pleasant T. McCutchen again ably edits the Report on 
Correspondence, saying in his Introduction: — 

"Education, regular inspections by trained deputies, and contact of 


membership by active officers, awake to their duties, are making decided 
inroads on the apathy that has vanquished the Chapters throughout the 
country and in the Grand Jurisdictions who are going back to the 
fundamentals and sound principles of the Ancient Craft. Follow the 
Grand Chapters who are really doing something constructive — not pidd- 
ling — and see the splendid results that are being achieved here and there 
throughout the Capitular World. 

"It is no time to sleep, but for activity and revival." 

We take the following from British Columbia : — 

"The report of the Grand Z. was short and to the point. His con- 
clusion breathes the very quintessence of Freemasonry: 

"Man forgot the causes of the war, and the lessons of the war. The 
inevitable occurred — our economic structure crumbled. In the midst of 
tremendous plenty there came the most direful want. Humanity be- 
came very ill. The economic doctors, learned and expert, were called in. 
Out of their advice came but confusion and the patient has made but 
a slow and uncertain recovery. 

"One wonders if there is not to be found in the crash of 1914 and 
in the crash of 1929, a common cause. 

"The home is mo longer the sacred institution that it was. Con- 
tracts are not inviolate — debts have ceased to be obligations of honour. 
Anxiety for office weighs far too much with Governments. 

"With all my heart I say to you, Freemasonry has a truly magnifi- 
cent mission in the world, ours will be the shame if we let its lustre fade 
and its virility perish." 

The following are extracts from his appreciative Review of 
Canada: — 

"16 Grand Superintendents; 5 Past Grand Z's; 37 Grand Repre- 
sentatives, Comp. Ponton present and declaring his pride in represent- 
ing Georgia. 

"In a long and well prepared address the Grand Z. delineates a 
year of much activity — much done and well done. 

"Reports of visitations and activities of District Superintendents 
furnish inspirational reading, and evidence renewed activity among the 

"In his usual entertaining and able manner, Comp. Ponton writes 
the Reviews." 

In the Review of South Carolina we read : — 

"But if we are willing to know the worst, and to provide for it, it 
is equally true that we may find reasonable ground for a growing 
optimism. Adversity has its ends to serve, 

" 'These are the times that try men's souls'. But why shouldn't 
men's souls be tested? How, otherwise, shall we know the mettle, the 
good faith, the ultimate worth of a soul?" 

IDAHO, 1935 

John W. Shore, Grand High Priest. 
Edward H. Way, Grand Secretary. 

The Twenty-second Annual convened at Moscow, Idaho, 
7th May, 1935. 

The Grand Chaplain offered invocation as follows: 


"Supreme High Priest of Heaven and Earth, we thank Thee for the 
privileges and pleasures of the companionships which we have enjoyed 
in our circles. We now come before Thee earnestly seeking Thy favour." 

Flowers were presented by Paradise Lodge and the 
Eastern Star. 

From the address of G.H.P. Shore we take the following 
extracts: — 

". . . . a hearty welcome to a convocation which I am sure will be, 
like all those which have gone before, replete with consideration and 
courtesy, and devoted to the harmonious discussion and dispatch of its 

"Our appreciation of the very evident preparations for our comfort 
and entertainment. We are all of us proud of this city, with its notable 
state university which, under wise and efficient guidance, has advanved 
to the very forefront of educational institutions. It is a great gratifica- 
tion to us that several of the prominent members of the university's 
faculty are identified with Royal Arch Masonry." 

"We have with us once more our distinguished Robert Archer Woods, 
General Grand Master of the General Grand Council, our illustrious 
Companions from the neighbouring Jurisdictions of Washington and 
Montana, our own Right Eminent Grand Commander of Knights Temp- 
lar of Idaho, and last but not least our excellent Companion William 
Wallin. We are all indebted to him for inspiration and guidance. In 
addition at the George Washington celebration at Pocatello we had the 
Grand High Priest of Utah. 

"In view of the very full program laid before us as members of the 
various Bodies meeting here for the four days beginning today, it be- 
hooves us, as a fraternal courtesy, to exercise all proper effort for the 
prompt dispatch of our business within the time set." 

"In January, 1934, I was required to act as 'foreman' of a grand 
jury called in Boise to go into affairs of the gravest importance, and 
sufficiently so as to engage the close attention of all within the state, 
and of a good many beyond the state. Unfortunately, the grand jury 
remained in session until September 30, and after its conclusion I was 
assailed by that common scourge, the influenza, and rendered totally in- 
capable of any but the most ordinary exertion for a considerable time. 

"Our relations with other Grand Jurisdictions, and other Orders of 
Masonry, remain entirely cordial. I think there is every desire for each 
to meet the other more than half way on any question which arises, 
hence nothing remains a 'question' very long. 

"These Companions have never lost sight of the fact that in true 
Masonic principles is found the true light which guides them aright, and 
holds them to their course through the storm, stress and turbulence of 
life. Yet others amongst our members are discovering this secret of 
Masonic strength, and are therefore somewhat late in the day discover- 
ing or perhaps rediscovering that for which they have so long sought. 

"It is essential for us to bring the tenets of our faith into useful 
action, mostly along civic lines. 

". . . . so secure all other things for the benefit of the fraternity in 
particular and the human race in general. Mind you, I say 'better' 
not 'more'. We do not need more government, more education, more 
money spent. 

"Regarding the new material coming amongst us, in considering 
such we have the advantage of only contacting those who are already 


included in the ranks of the select and worthy. It is to be expected such 
men will be beneficially active amongst us. Their opportunities are en- 
larged by admission into our circle. Hence it is that I ask all our Chap- 
ters to carefully consider and provide for the needs of their new mem- 

Charles Hartung duly represented Canada. 

M. Ex. Comp. Robt Archer Woods, of Indiana, was es- 
corted to the East and given Grand Honours as was E. H. Van 
Patten, of Washington. 

Membership— 2,033. Net loss— 99. 

A joint memorial service is to be held with the Grand 
Commandery in reference to the late Grand Treasurer and 
the late Grand Secretary. 

At the special memorial services the ceremonial is de- 
scribed with the following verse: — 

"The Grand Secretary, Grand Lecturer and Comp. Forbes then ap- 
proached the Altar; the Grand Secretary from the southeast, the 
Grand Lecturer from the northeast <and Comp. Forbes from the west, 
each depositing a floral tribute in the form of a triangle with the Altar 
in the centre. 

"Companion Forbes gave the following verse: 

"Here were Friends whose hearts were good; 
Who walked with us and understood; 
For Friendliness or kindness done, 
And now that they have journeyed on 
Their's is a fame that never ends, 
They leave behind uncounted Friends." 

Edward D. Sanman was elected G.H.P. 

W. H. G. Garrioch, of Ottawa, is the Grand Representa- 
tive of Idaho. 

Frank G. Burroughs pays his sixth visit to the Round 
Table and is determined not to be pessimistic saying: — 

"What to talk about? Shall it be losses? No, I hate losses, and, 
besides, you-all have the monopoly on that dire subject. Can't get me 
to talk losses. Rather, I'm going to talk gains. Utah, for instance. 
Right next door to Idaho. Who knows, Idaho may be the next to come 
into the gainful column. Anyway, losses continue, but so does unemploy- 
ment. When the government can stop the one, the Chapters can stop 
the other. All of which is another way of saying that conditions in 
Capitular Masonry are merely coincident with conditions in the political 
economic world." 

This from the California Review: — 

"Be It Resolved, That this Grand Chapter, without reservation, con- 
demns the use of anonymous letters by any Companion under or within 
its jurisdiction, and hereby declares such conduct to be a serious Mas- 
onic offense, warranting prompt and severe treatment. 

"The resolution was unanimously adopted, and it was further reso- 
luted that the anonymous letter be not published." 

He is complimentary to Canada, saying with other com- 
ments: — 


"During the year he sanctioned the purchase of several lots of bonds. 
Grand Chapter, he said, now has securities totalling $88,500. 

"One Chapter asked permission to add gold piping to the apron, in 
recognition of fifty years of existence. He referred the matter to 
Grand Chapter. It went to a committee to report next year, so the 
Chapter will not pipe for at least another twelve months. 

"The eternal New South Wiales dispute with Scotland came up in 
the shape of a report of a special committee. The committee brought 
in a verdict of non action, leaving it to the two Grand Jurisdictions. 

"Committee on Condition of Capitular Masonry made a wonderful 
report, full of sound logic and high sentiment. I would like to print it 
in full, but space forbids. 

"From Canada also comes the souvenir brochure on the history of 
Grand Chapter. 

"Then follow the pictures of the Grand Z's beginning with that of 
William Mercer Wilson, Grand Z in 1857. And shure it's a foine col- 
lection of whiskers there is, and every one of the old boys showing a 
countenance of decidedly intellectual cast. 

"The review is by Comp. Ponton. Comp. Nisbet publishes what is 
probably the most comprehensive review of any Grand Jurisdiction. 
And he prints a 'topical index' that must take a world of research. 
Idaho is beautifully reviewed." 

Colorado brings us the following: — 

"Grand High Priests continue to irritate my tender sensibilities by 
assigning the little incidents of golf, radio, picture shows, dinner clubs, 
etc., as the cause of slaughtering members by the thousands for non- 
payment of dues. Why the clumsy effort to sidestep the issue? Why 
shut their eyes to facts so clear as to be unmistakable? Why blame 
golf except that there is not any real work to do? Why complain of 
dinner clubs when of them only memories remain?" 

This from Delaware: — 

"My parting message is 'Be up and doing'. It is time to stop using 
the depression as an alibi for doing nothing, but your first and greatest 
obligation is to your old members. BRING them back." 

From the Minnesota Review the following suggestion : — 

"If the entire York Rite, aside from the Blue Lodges, could be 
merged in our jurisdiction, I believe it would be a forward step for our 
branch of Masonic endeavour. We do not need 84 Chapters in Minne- 


Edward D. Sanman, Grand High Priest. 

Edward H. Way, Grand Secretary. 

The Twenty-eighth Annual convened at Boise, the 12th of 
May, 1936. 

Grand Chapter received greetings and flowers from Grand 
Chapter Order of Eastern Star expressing best wishes for 
success in all undertakings and "deliverations", and the further 
wish that their efforts represent the very best in construc- 
tive work, success and cordiality in all respects. 


A suitable response was made by "Sister" Way and more 
flowers were presented by Adah Chapter. 

Canada was represented by Charles Hartung. 

From the G.H.P.'s address we take the following": — 

"I appreciate the fact that my Grand Chapter career started and 
is completed in the same place. 

"As we transact such business as pertain to our Craft let us do 
this in such a manner that our companionship is strengthened and made 
more sincere and true." 

At the Knights Templar Christmas observance he made 
an eloquent response on the "Light of the World." 

In his conclusion he called! for action thus : — 

"Educational material and a desire for knowledge of carrying our 
ideals to others is sought. What is needed are Companions who will go 
out and do things, and not sit back waiting for someone else to act in 
their stead." 

Membership, 1,965. Net loss, 68. 

Pocatello Chapter recorded fifteen exaltations and Twin 
Falls ten. A good record. 

The special Memorial Service was held on the second day, 
at which poetic and tender addresses were delivered and the 
following were quoted: — 

"No mystic charm, no mortal art, 
Can 'bid our loved Companions stay; 
The bands that clasp them to our heart 
Snap in death's frost and fall apart; 
Like shadows fading with the day 
They pass 'away." 

"Here was a Friend whose heart was good: 
Who walked with us and understood; 
His was a voice that spoke to cheer; 
And fell like music on the ear; 
His was a smile men loved to see; 
His was a hand that asked no fee 
For friendliness or kindness done, 
And now that he has journeyed on 
His is a fame that never ends, 
He leaves behind uncounted Friends." 

Axel F. Anderson was elected G.H.P. 
Ten Past Grand High Priests were presented. 
Retiring G.EP. Sanman was presented with a valuable 
watch, a token of service. 

In memory of Companions who had passed on the follow- 
ing verse: — 


"Farewell, dear Voyageur — the river winds and turns; 
The cadence of your song wafts near to me; 
And now you know the thing that all men learn ; 
There is no death — there's immortality." 

R.E. Comp. W. H. G. Garrioch, of Ottawa, is Grand Repre- 
sentative of Idaho. 

Fift3 r -eight Jurisdictions are ably reviewed by Frank G. 
Burroughs, who has the great art of concentration. From his 
Editorial Notes we take the following : — 

"DeMolay came in for various kinds of mention. Several Grand 
High Priests spoke very highly of the Order and desired that chapters 
should do the sponsoring. Others, like New York, do not take so kindly 
to it. The latter Grand Chapter ordered that no chapters should do any 

"Tennessee Grand High recommended that nine regular Royal Arch 
Masons should be necessary to open a Chapter but that so long as 
there were five members of the Chapter present, elections could be held 
and business transacted. Jurisprudence turned the Grand High down 
on the question, but the Grand body turned thumbs down on Jurispru- 
dence and the Grand High had his own way. 

"A goodly number of secretaries of subordinate chapters need a trifle 
of pepping up. Quite a number of Grand Highs and Grand Secre- 
taries complain that they can't get answers to letters and the like. 

"My tout ensemble impression of the status is one of great encour- 
agement. Losses are decreasing, but, better than that, the esprit du 
corps is vastly improved. 

"Let's go, fellers, the worst is over and the best is yet to come." 

Under Alabama we read : — 

"The Grand Chapter of Alabama is one of the very few im- 
portant Masonic bodies in the world that does not publish reviews. We 
earnestly recommend that the publication of the reviews of the proceed- 
ings of sister jurisdictions be resumed at the earliest possible moment." 

From Alberta we take the following : — 

"We see on all sides a state of poverty and want in the midst of 

". . . . secondly as Mayor of the city of Calgary. He intimated that 
the combined duties of these two high offices had made it impossible to 
give as much time as he would have liked to the Royal Craft. I think 
that the Mayor should have remembered the adage: 'If business inter- 
feres with your pleasure, give up business'. 

"And thou, too, Canada! 

"Eloquent orations on the obligations of citizenship, however sin- 
cere, are poor solace to the unemployed man who has a wife and family 
to support without the wherewithal to do so." 

From the Review of British Columbia: — 

"Grand High is just a trifle gloomy, although his thoughts are 
mostly all too true. Here's a sample: 

"The penalty of billions added to our national debts is appalling — 
but infinitely more appalling is the destruction that has been wrought 
in our morale and particularly in the morale of the younger generation. 

"The home is no longer the sacred institution that it was. Con- 
tracts are not inviolate — debts have ceased to be obligations of honour. 
Anxiety for office weighs far too much with governments." 


This from the California Review: — 

"When called upon to speak was only to murmur a few inane 
phrases. The presenting of a 50-year button to a man who has one foot 
in the grave and the other on the brink, a man who is too infirm to 
mingle with his Companions, and who can only look forward to a few 
years at the most to wear his button, is a man to be pitied rather than 

Surely the G.H.P. did not mean all that he said. There is 
a difference between old age and seneetitude and decrepitude. 
We quote further: — 

"Capitular Education roasted somebody — don't know whom. The 
committee said: 'Since Masonry is neither a legislative nor a corrective 
institution, all discussions in Chapter halls on controversial matters are 

"We claim an independent and unrestricted right to maintain and 
establish boundaries and influences of the United States of America and 
the consolidation of our American civilization. 

"This was referred to Committee on Finance — of all places." 

Canada is briehY but succinctly reviewed. He touches on 
our record and says: — 

"In February, motoring, the popular means of transportation in 
this age of speed, is almost impossible. And that sounds reasonable. 
Committee says let's think it over. So a committee was appointed. 

"Finance report made a nice showing. Expenditures were $641.14 
less than last year and $3,179.54 less money had been spent in the past 
two years. Investments of the Grand Chapter have a cost value of 
$89,791.45 and a market value of $96,317.00. Which indicates wise man- 

"The Lord Bishop of the Diocese of Huron, Comp. Charles Allen 
Seager, M.A., D.D., LL.D., D.C.L., was given the honorary rank of 
Past Z. in recognition of his services to Masonry and his eminence of 
rank in the church and as a citizen. 

"Comp. Ponton presents the annual review. He evidently didn't 
get our Proceedings in time to include them, which is a matter of regret, 
for Comp. Ponton's review is always most comprehensive and his topical 
index a delight." 

From Colorado we quote : — 

"He praises DeMolay as a 'truly worth-while organization', and 
cannot imagine any more worthy endeavour than to foster and help on 
this splendid youth movement." 

An admonition for Secretaries from Georgia: — 

"I wish to urge every representative at this Conclave go back to 
his respective Chapter and urge his Secretary to answer correspondence 

"He comments : 'Grand Hight Priest was given a watch instead of a 
jewel. That better — why not give something worth while'." 

He deals at length with North Dakota Fraternal Review 
by Walter H. Murfin by saying: — 

"remarks on the 'revival' in this fashion: 'Figures do not tell the 
whole story; not half of it, in fact'. 


"Commenting on the 'one-man Chapter', he quotes from Maryland: 
'There are still some one-man Chapters. In the cases where the Chap- 
ters are being held together by that one-man, w deeply appreciate it 
and want to thank him. But it is a bad condition'." 

He quotes Reilly of Saskatchewan and says: — 

"Probably the most talked-of subject in the Proceedings is loss of 
membership. It seems to be a hardy annual; it may not be just a bad 
weed after all." 

We take the following from Utah Review : — 

" 'Breddern and Sistern', said the pastor sadly, surveying his dark 
flock with a face full of woe, 'when I done took dis here congregation, 
I was promised a salary. This salary was to be paid in chickens. Now 
I has been expounding de scriptures for two months, an' I wishes to 
ax you' — ax yo' all, whar is dem chickens?' There was a long silence, 
at last a gaunt deacon arose and said, 'Rev'rand Jones, we is mos' 
heartily sorry, but yo' has misunderstood de method of which our pastors 
is paid. We provides yo' wid a lantern an' two gunny sacks an' you 
colleks dat salary yo'self.' 

"When our interest lags and we become indifferent, stay away from 
meetings and refuse to accept responsibilities, then it becomes impos- 
sible for us to collect any Masonic wages." 

Wisconsin always points of moral adornement of tale: — 

"Whether I am in favour of abolishing the office of Grand Lecturer, 
my answer is emphatically NO, because he is, without doubt, the con- 
tact man between the Grand Chapter and the subordinate Chapters 
and his work is positively necessary. 

"Grand Chaplain made a fine and dandy address. Among other 
things he said: "A small boy asked his father, 'Dad, what is a Board 
of Education?' The father replied: 'In my day is was a large shingle'." 


Clarence L. Wolf, Grand High Priest. 
James E. Jeffers, Grand Secretary. 
Edward E. Corre, Grand Secretary-elect. 
The Eighty-seventh Annual convened in Grand Ballroom 
of Hotel LaSalle, Chicago, 29th October, 1936. 

The Grand Chaplain led the opening devotions as follows : 

"0 God, Our great Light, on this anniversary occasion we are re- 
minded of the fleetness of time, the constant changes that occur, the 
friendly faces that have left us: but we thank Thee for Thy abiding 
companionship. May Thy spirit of duty, love and service ennoble all we 
do. Encourage us by the consciousness that our's is a useful work and 
a blessing to mankind." 

Fourteen Past Grand High Priests were welcomed and 

Among the distinguished guests were Companions from 
Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, Manitoba and the Gen- 
eral Grand Chapter. 

F. W. Soday duly represented Canada. 


From the annual address of the G.H.P. the following: — 

"Companions, however optimistic we would like to be, we have not 
yet reached the turning point. The resolution of the Finance Committee 
adopted at our last annual convocation, which permitted a refund to 
Chapters on delinquent members, has resulted in giving the Grand 
Chapter definite information on the number of members each Chapter 
has on its books who have not paid their dues. We have found that 
about 3.5% of the entire membership is in arrears for 1934 and there 
is little improvement in 1935. Some of this is due to poor management 
and inefficient officers." 

"Shallow thinkers are still pointing out the good attendance at din- 
ner clubs, interpreting it to mean that Masonry should feed its mem- 
bers. How far from the truth they are. A Mason above all men, should 
realize that the cement which holds luncheon clubs together, is a Mas- 
onic product. When a Rotarian attends his club, always at a convenient 
hour, he knows what he will meet — whom he will meet? This is the secret 
which Masonic bodies have forgotten in their lust for money and mem- 

"Quadruple the membership of the luncheon clubs and they will 
begin to decay. Quadruple again and they would be ruined. 

"I ruled that a secretary should not transmit any of the business 
transacted by the Chapter to any other organization. 

"I refused to issue a, special dispensation to Kewanee Chapter to 
use robes at a public installation. 

"Notices were sent to all Chapters designating the location and dates 
of the five state schools. I attended each of the schools. 

"Too much can not be said about this wonderful home that is main- 
tained for the benefit of our brethren, their wives and widows." 

He reported on General Grand Chapter Triennial just over 
and recommended $5,000 to the Royal Arch Hospital at Sulli- 
van and $1,000 to the Masonic Hospital at Chicago. 

The Grand Treasurer put the matter plainly, "I debit my- 
self with the following" and per contra "I credit myself with 
the following orders paid". 

The Grand Secretary received $31,363 during the year, 
49 delinquent Chapters owing nearly $6,000. $8,822 was re- 
funded to Chapters. 

The Committee say : — 

"Royal Arch Mason should have the most friendly feelings for our 
Companions who have received the degrees of the Council, and the 
Order of the Temple, and should give them our support and encourage- 
ment in every way possible." 

Membership— 51,380. Loss— -3,845. Chapters— 230. 
Richard C. Davenport was elected G.H.P. 
The oration by Grand Chaplain Robertson on "Workmen 
for the Future" was inspiring. We quote: — 

"All aim to train efficient workmen. 

"You recall the time! The glorious history of the Hebrew people. 

"After a generation or so in Babylon, there was a partial return of 
the captives to Jerusalem. They were led by a few young patriots, chief 
of whom was Zerubbabel, (a friend of the Persian king) and others of 


like mind and spirit. These young men had obtained royal permission 
to return to the city of their fathers and restore the city and the temple 
to its former glory. 

"Upon their return to Jerusalem they found it was overrun with a 
mongrel horde who possessed all the baser traits. Finally, their efforts 
availing nothing, the opposition asked for a conference in a nearby vil- 
lage. This request was refused with the words: 'I am doing a great 
work, so that I cannot come down'. As the anger and opposition of the 
enemy increased the workers were armed with swords, and thus they 
continued to build. But they brought impulse and inspiration, which is 
more important. The task of social rebuilding as it confronts us today, 
does not live by bread alone. It lives, rather, by those great words of 
faith, hope and love, of courage, aspiration and high resolve. In many 
quarters today, as we look out over an agitated and discontented world, 
we see that the need is not that of money nor of material, but the need 
of better impulses and a finer quality of inspiration on the part of those 
responsible for the task of building. 

" 'So built we the wall, for the people had a mind to work, and they 
laboured together from the rising of the sun until the stars appeared'. 
These workmen were not tryng to get through the day with as little 
effort as possible. 

"In rebuilding the temple and walls, these young patriots were help- 
ing to rebuild the national life of their countrymen. To strengthen 
Jerusalem was to strengthen the nation. 

"Many organizations interested in youth, the Church, Boy and Girl 
Scouts, DeMolay Chapters, Boy Builders, and others, should receive our 
hearty and enthusiastic co-operation, for through these are molded the 
building materials for the future. 

"Again, we read that these ancient brethren discovered among the 
ruins, the Book of the Law, and that was a time of great rejoicing for 
them. They took the time to read and study that book, for therein they 
learned Truth. Josephus, the Jewish historian, relates that on one 
occasion when King Darius was giving one of his customary feasts, he 
proposed to his courtiers the question whether the power of wine, 
women, or the King, was the strongest. Answers were made by different 
persons, assigning to each of these the precedency in power; but when 
Zerubbabel was called on to assert his opinion, he declared that though 
the power of wine and of the king might be great, that of women was 
still greater, but that above all things truth bore the victory." 

"Is there for honest poverty, 
That hangs his head, and a' that? 
The coward slave, we pass him by, 
We dare be poor for a' that! 
For a' that, and a' that; 
The rank is but the guinea's stamp, 
The man's the gold for a' that. 

Then let us pray that come it may, 
As come it will for a' that — ■ 
That man to man, the world o'er 
Shall brothers be an' a' that". 

"Till thou at length are free, 
Leaving thine outgrown shell by life's unresting sea". 


P.G.Z. Simmons, of Manitoba, in his address quoted : — 
"When I speak of my visit to other Grand Jurisdictions, I am re- 
minded of the little poem: 

"One ship drives east and another drives west, 
With the self-same winds that blow, 
Tis the set of the sails and not the gales, 
Which tell us the way to go." 

This verse from, the Committee on Obituaries : — 

"Yea, hope and despondency, pleasure and pain, 
Are mingled together in sunshine and rain; 
And the smile and the tear, and the song and the dirge; 
Still follow each other like surge upon surge." 

And this poetic prose : — 

"What was the secret of a life like this? It had one of the great 
dimensions of life, it had breadth. Pasteur had a broad concern and 
interest in human life and its affairs. 

"The question, How broad is your life? is a much more important one 
than how long it is. 

"Out in the Canadian Rockies whenever a shepherd has a herd of 
sheep out on the mountain-side and a driving storm approaches, the wise 
shepherd will keep his flock moving into the wind. If they go the other 
way the wind blows under their coating and they are soon caked with 
ice and freeze. There is a lesson in this illustration for us. We all 
want things too easy. 

"Columbus was looking forward; he had a vision. You cannot name 
one of the men who sailed with Columbus but the whole world knows 
who Christopher Columbus was. He faced the right way." 

"Thy cross is lifted o'er us; 
We journey in its light; 
The crown awaits the conquest; 
Lead on, O God of Might." 

We are glad to note the portrait and biography of R. C. 
Davenport, the new G.HJ\, familiarly known to us under the 
Grand Lodge Proceedings as Grand Secretary, and also the 
picture and biography of the new Grand Secretary, James E. 

R.E. Comp. Joseph J. Shelley, the genial, congenial Mason 
of Toronto, is the Grand Representative of Illinois with us. 

The firm, thoughtful and inspiring features of Everett R. 
Turnbull precede his good work on Fraternal Relations. We 
quote : — 

"While the losses continue everywhere there is renewed activity and 
a spirit of optimism and hope that the night is passing away and soon 
the morning will be here. In this review 'The last shall be first', so I 
begin with the trip to St. Louis. Visiting delegations from the inde- 
pendent Grand Chapters of Pennsylvania and Texas, and Quebec and 
Ontario were introduced. A committee was appointed to write an official 
history of Capitular Masonry consisting of Conover, Hunt and Denslow. 
The names are a guarantee of excellence." 


Advocates of American Rite to the contrary notwithstand- 
ing, California Grand Chapter, passed the following resolu- 
tion : — 

"That the ancient and long used 'York Rite' is hereby recognized and 
approved and directed to be used to designate the rites of Capitular 
Freemasonry as practiced under this Grand Chapter." 

As to New South Wales and Scotland's trouble, hear the 
California Review: — 

"The riddle can be solved by an understanding of the English-Scot- 
tish laws on jurisdiction which are entirely different from ours. The 
great difference in the ritualistic system is also a big stumbling block." 

"Previously I have indicated that we too long had permitted our- 
selves to dwell in the direful atmosphere of days that are gone. For 
the building of our part in the Temple of Humanity we have only to-day. 
Yesterday is past forever, and to-morrow may never come. Each rising 
sun greets a new day. With us as with the world at large, to-day is 
not like yesterday. To live now, to-day, we must get out of our own 
shadows, rid ourselves of that state of mind which has been saying 
'What's the use,' and 'It can't be done.' The great lesson of Royal 
Arch Masonry teaches us that 'It can be done'." 

"He is right. Perfection in ritual is commendable but a clear ex- 
planation of the meaning and significance of the events referred to in 
the ritual is of more importance." 

A word from Minnesota: — 

"The sun goes down and the afterglow mellows and softens the 
evening shadows for hours after the last ray has passed from our vision. 
So it is with lives like his; they live in the hearts of men, and will be 
reflected in the generations to come." 

A supplementary word from New Mexico Review (See 
California) : — 

"His review is a statement of transactions. He agrees with Comp. 
Rapp that the title 'American Rite' is proper in connection with what 
are generally called York Rite festivals. However, recent publications 
show that all but the Council degrees were conferred at York, England, 
in olden times. That is, R.A. and K.T. Of course the intermediary de- 
grees that we have added were not known there." 

From New York the following little pleasant reminder 
that even the greatest can make mistakes: — 

"The report on Foreign Correspondence is again from the pen of 
George E. Briggs and the name is a. guarantee of an interesting re- 
port. He made one inexcusable mistake when he quoted under 'Georgia' 
the first line of that famous poem 'Marching Through Georgia' as ex- 
emplified by W. T. Sherman some years ago. John H. Anderson, 
General Grand King, will marshal the forces of the south and attend 
to that slip. When John gets through with George that mistake will 
never happen again." 

A philosophic verse from British Columbia: — 

"Sow a thought and reap an action, 
Sow an action and reap a habit, 
Sow a habit and reap a character, 
Sow a character and reap a destiny." 


"And what a destiny their strife and war ends in, with ruin and 
destruction the fruits for either winner or loser." 

We appreciate the Review of Canada for 1936, the very 
last word in dated Reviews : — 

"A dispensation was requested to permit the conferring of the de- 
grees on a brother who had lost his arm below the elbow. Believing that 
this physical defect should not be a bar to an acceptable candidate the 
dispensation was granted. Our law permits each Chapter to be the 
judge of the physical qualifications of its petitioners without dispensa- 

"He refused a dispensation to permit a Chapter to wear Royal Arch 
Regalia at a Masonic funeral, strictly a lodge function. 

"Several Long Service Jewels were given. 

"The time for the annual session was changed from February to 
the fourth week in April. 

"Grand Chapter has a fund for benevolence but the local Chapters 
do not leave all such work to the Grand Body: 'As an example of true 
philanthropic work, may I be permitted to briefly mention the donation 
of $2,000.00 which endows a cot in the Toronto Sick Children's Hospital 
by The St. Patrick Chapter, No. 145, of Toronto, also the Chapters of 
this Grand Jurisdiction have disbursed benevolence amounting to over 
$5,000.00, while Grand Chapter has augmented this sum by $2,760.00.' 

"The 'Reviews' by Comp. Ponton furnish his constituents with a most 
interesting summary of the doings of the Grand Chapters of the world. 
That his efforts are appreciated at home is shown by the following from 
the committee on Condition of Capitular Masonary: 'After his plenteous 
harvest, the seeds of which he has scattered and sown abundantly with 
those whose privilege it has been to know him well'." 

New South Wales the following: — 

"We of New South Wales encourage the reading of sections of these 
Correspondence Reports in our Chapter meetings when no exaltations 
are in view." 

Western Australia like England, loves perpetuity: — 

"In this jurisdiction Masonry is in competent hands. The First Grand 
Principal, Comp. James S. Battye, has filled that office for the past 25 
years. February 27th he was elected Grand Master of Masons. During 
his long service as head of Capitular Masonry remarkable progress has 
been made and he is widely known as being 

"a live and vital force in the Order." 


Earl E. Dusenbery, Grand High Priest. 

Floyd B. Beckwith, Grand High Priest-elect. 

George E. Masters, Grand Secretary. 

The Eighty-second Convocation was held in Fort Dodge, 
April 21, 1936. 

Distinguished guests from Missouri, North Dakota, 
Nebraska, Minnesota, Kansas, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Mani- 
toba were welcomed, as were Charles A. Conover, General 
Grand Secretary; John T. Ames, Grand Master of Iowa, and 


The Grand Master spoke mainly on the pressing* problem 
of dues, chiefly delinquent but recoverable. We quote: — 

"Talk about dues. Something of my own reactions and the reasons 
why I have attempted the drive that is being carried on to bring our 
dues up to date. 

"The members still have the same privilege that they had before, 
only we want to pin them down to a definite time when they will pay. 
If they cannot pay up, then the lodge should remit, but not carry a 
member on indefinitely. 

"That is what has caused so much trouble." 

The G.H.P. made an outstanding address from which we 
quote. He referred at first to the absence of the meeting 
during 1935. Then came a striking verse from the Necrology 
of Grand Chapter: — 

"We do not sigh when the golden skies have donned 
The purple shadows and the gray of night, 
Because we know the morning lies beyond 

And we must wait a little while for light. 

So when grown weary with the care and strife 

Our loved ones find in sleep the peace they crave; 
We should not weep but learn to count this life 

A prelude to the one beyond the grave 
And thus be happy for them not distressed 

But lift our hearts with love to God and smile, 
And we, anon, like tired ones, will rest 

If we will hope and wait — a little while." 

Under the Condition of the Order he said: — 
"We passed through that mad ritualistic spree that completely de- 
moralized the real teachings and fundamentals of Masonry. We 
builded our Masonic structure so fast and so high that the cement of 
Brotherly Love and Affection never had a chance to harden into a firm 
foundation and when our structure became top heavy without a founda- 
tion capable of holding it, the inevitable happened. Our thin walled 
Masonic structure collapsed." 

He participated in and praised the work of the Triple Tau 

The funeral services of P.G.H.P.'s were all attended by the 
Grand Z. and Members of the Council: — 

"Death terminates the labour of a man. Thenceforth the genera- 
tions will build and occupy, 'but he will not be there. . . . 
"The words of Thackeray come to our minds: 

"But the earth is the Lord's as the heaven is, 
We are alike his children here and yonder. 
May he rest in peace, may he rest in peace, 
And we, too, when our struggles and pains are over." 

"Who hath not learned in hours of faith 
The truth to flesh and sense unknown, 
That Life is ever Lord of Death, 
And Love can never lose its own." 


He thus concludes : — 

"The world today is looking for the builder rather than the pre- 
tender. If we are to keep our sacred institution from being scarred by 
the ravages of the present, let us accept the challenge of the day and 
go forward to the brightest spot in history." 

A touch on Impostors: — 

"Due to the activities of a certain unscrupulous gentleman who rep- 
resented himself to be a Royal Arch Mason in good standing and with 
the approval of the Grand High Priest I issued a post card notice of 
warning against this man, and since that time I think he has sought 
'greener fields and pastures new'. My efficient stenographer has recently 
taught me how to spell the word 'Imposter'." 

Grand Chaplain David W. Fletcher said in introducing the 
Necrology Report : — 

"A message come up to the pulpit just as Dr. Parker was finishing 
his sermon. He just paused a moment and bowed his head and took 
the message and he concluded his sermon and after he closed his Bible, 
placed his hands over the Bible and looked into the face of his congre- 
gation, said 'My beloved his just been promoted to the highest position 
in life*. His wife had what we call it, just died. 

"I want to think of death just as that. Masonry means the squaring 
of our lives, the measurement of our lives by the square and compass 
of virtue. 

"At the death of his Majesty King George, I wrote on my own ber 
half, a word of sympathy to His Majesty, King Edward VIII." 

A tribute was paid to P.G.H.P. Hart in the poetic words of 
Nelson Williams from the "Knights of Yesterday" adapted for 
the occasion and the person by G. C. Hunt, P.G.H.P. 

The ceremony was concluded as follows : — 

"While the Companions remained standing 'Taps' sounded in the 

Comp. Simmons, P.G.Z., of Manitoba, made an excellent 
address, giving an outline of Masonry. 

Charles A. Conover, General Grand Secretary, full of life 
and vigour, spoke eloquently. 

A testimonial Banquet to M. Ex. Comp. Frederick W. 
Craig, Past General G.H.P., was enjoyed by all and his portrait 
adorns the Proceedings. 

Dr. Throckmorton delivered the chief address, closing with 
original verses which we cannot resist quoting: — 

"Let's stand together, one and all 
And drink a hearty toast, 
To one of Iowa's sterling sons 
Of whom we're proud to boast. 
He came to Iowa years ago 
Life's problems there to learn, 
He worked in banks and practiced law, 
His daily bread to earn. 


From Warden's chair to Mastership 
T'was but a step or two, 
To one who loved his Masonry 
Whose soul upon it grew. 

And while the sunset time of life 

Has touched his manly brow, 

He's kept for fifty years and more 

The ancient Mason's vow. 

We hail him as our friend and guest 

A brother all should know, 

We point with pride to all he's done 

That Masonry might grow. 

Then fill your cups, rejoice with me 

Make glad this merry hour, . 

Let fellowship and good will reign 

Unleash their vital power. 

Of this we're sure, from coast to coast 

From Iowa to the Hague, 

All Masonry a debt does owe 

To Frederick W. Craig." 

"Just recently, well it is a year or so ago, since I was quite active 
in Masonry, one called at my home. 'Frank Simmons live here?' 'Yes.' 
'Got any family?' 'Yes, one daughter.' 'Got any dogs, cats, horses, 
automobiles? Do you own your own home?' To all of which Mrs. Sim- 
mons said 'Yes'. 'Well what is your husband's average income?' 'Well,' 
she says, 'it has been three o'clock in the morning for the last three 
years.' (Applause.) Mrs. Beck with will probably soon appreciate that 
and I know Mrs. Dusenbery has." 

A picture of the distinguished guests who foregather at 
Fort Dodge is most graphic and interesting. 

Membership 13,181. Net loss, 1,122. 

R. Ex. Comp. Ed Lankin, of Toronto, is the Grand Repre- 
sentative of Iowa, and E. W. F. Holler (Grand Correspondent), 
duly represents Canada. 

The Proceedings of the Grand Council of Royal and Select 
Masters accompany the Grand Chapter Proceedings, and from 
this we quote: — 

"Two hundred and eight of our Companions have ceased their 
labours. From their hands have fallen, forever, the working tools of 
life. Upon the foundation they laid we must labour to complete the 
Temple 'ere the Sabbath of Eternity sets in'. 

"Many forces are at work this day throughout the world op- 
posed to the high purposes we have sworn to support as Masons. We 
must be ever alert and guarded if we would successfully resist such 
forces. They are all about us and may appear within our ranks. Let 
us be ever ready and swift to combat them. When God, Country and 
Home are not held high in the minds of men, Masonry will cease to 

"I have taken seriously the job you gave me. I have not tried to 
drape the moon with morning glories, preferring to leave the moon as 


she now is. I have submitted a plain, simple and unadorned record of 
my doings as your Grand Master." 

E. W. F. Holler, P.G.H.P., wields a potential, yes powerful 
pen in his Report on Correspondence: — 

" 'By and large' these Proceedings show great devotion to ideals 
and self denial to opportunities and our 'hat is off' in salute to these 
worthy and zealous men. 

"Personally, I believe in a fine ritual well rendered but MORE 
ESPECIALLY one truly interpreted to the candidate. 

"It may be called lese-majeste but I would like to add to that sug- 
gestion the matter of the Secretary who has been continued in office 
too long. 

"But my thought is also, if it closed any Chapters, it is because 
they are already closed but do not know it." 

From Arizona Review the following : — 

"When it comes to the subject of attendance and interest, it re- 
minds us of what a friend once said to us, regarding the work of another 
organization, this was his method for a cure, for indifference, 'Larger, 
and more frequent, doses of information'. 

"Some Grand Chapters feel that the lowering of a fee tends to 
cheapen Capitular Masonry; but our position is that it should be within 
reach of the average man, if it is really to mean anything to humanity 
at large." 

This nugget from British Columbia : — 

"History may be little more than a pageant of shadows, but we 
must take life as it is and play our part in it to the fullest extent. 

"Often it has been objected that some men leave the church and 
enter the Masonic Lodge, finding there a religious home. Even so, but 
that may be the fault, not of masonry, but of the church." 

Canada receives favourable and friendly comment. We 
quote: — 

"The Grand Z. did a fine thing when he had all the rulings of Past 
Grand Z's tabulated in the appendix. They make very ready reference 
in time of need. 

"His first visit to a Masonic Body in the United States so deeply 
impressed him that he expresses it this way: 

"Our entertainment by the Companions was so intensive that it 
almost hurt, and I shall always remember this visit as one of the most 
delightful experiences of my year of office. 

"If you know all there is to know about the Royal Craft, come 
and share your knowledge with your Companions; if you do not know 
all, come and learn and benefit by the fellowship. 

"The Companions reported on the publication of a booklet to com- 
memorate the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Grand Chapter 
of Canada. Your writer was very happy to receive one of these copies. 

"In the matter of the review of Grand Chapter Proceedings we find 
a topical index which seems to us a very happy way of finding what 
you want in the writing of the Chairman of this committee, Comp. Pon- 
ton, whose reviews your wtriter has been reading for some years. We 
have enjoyed very much, through the years, the carefulness and com- 
pleteness of his reviews." 


And this under England: — 

"The number of petitions for new charters is, to one of the Grand 
Jurisdiction of Iowa, a very great surprise, and if it means in Eng- 
land what it does in Iowa, it means that there is more interest in 

"One of the significant addresses before the Grand Chapter was 
entitled 'The Hebrew Language in the Royal Arch Ritual!' which would 
seem to be quite a study on the part of Royal Arch Companions. 

"Lord Ampthill seemed to me to have two qualifications essential 
for the great position he held for so long — a firm belief in Freemasonry 
and a stern sense of duty — and thought that if they were disseminated 
more the world would be better than it is. 

"He seemed to me to be the embodiment of all that is best in 
English life." 

This slant from Illinois: — 

"The grouping of all of these together gives us a few of the activi- 
ties of many of the Masonic Bodies, and a slant of their understanding 
of Free Masonry." 

A touch from Ireland : — 

"The matter of District Grand Chapters seems to be a very impor- 
tant thing in Ireland, and as best your writer can gather, they corre- 
spond very closely to the Triple Tau of the Grand Chapter of Iowa." 

A few words from New Zealand : — 

"Your present writer sympathizes with him in the condition which 
he faces, which was very similar to a situation in Iowa at one time, 
and possibly in most of the other Grand Chapters, in which committees 
became the ruling power instead of the Officers of the Grand Chapter. 

"Apparently the Supreme committee was transacting the business 
of the Grand Chapter." 

Scotland gives us this opportunity : — 

"They still have applications for Charters for new Chapters. This 
seems a very encouraging sign in world conditions. 

"We note that at installation quite frequently, they sing the 133rd 
Psalm, which is so dear to the hearts of all Masons." 

From our colleague's "After Thoughts" we quote: — 

"Grand High Priests who first of all welcome the delegates to the 
Grand Chapter Convocations. Somehow, some way we feel that the 
Masonic Fraternity is supposed to be a democratic institution, and while 
we feel sure that none of these Grand High Priests would intend to leave 
any intimations to the contrary, yet in our reading of these statements 
it tends to give us the idea or feeling that here is a superiority com- 
plex on- the part of the Grand High Priest. 

"For after all, the officers of each Grand Chapter are only com- 
missioned by the rest of the delegates. 

"We would heartily commend those officers who mingle most freely 
with their Companions, rather than drawing themselves into a closed 

"I commend to you the reading of the Proceedings of the several 
Grand Chapters of the world, as a means of education and stimulus." 



Asa T. Hoge, Grand High Priest. 

Elmer F. Strain, Grand Secretary. 

Albert K. Wilson, Grand Secretary Emeritus. 

The Seventy-first Annual was held at Topeka, February 
17th, 1936. 

Distinguished visitors from Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska 
were welcomed. 

Sixteen Past G.H.P.'s, and John W. Neilson, Past General 
G.H.P., were welcomed. 

Canada was faithfully represented by Roy H. Classen. 

Number of Chapters, 96. Total Representatives present, 

From the address, of G.H.P. Hoge, thoughtful and interest- 
ing, we quote the following: — 

"Recognizing my own limitations, the work of the year has been 
carried on with caution. Encouragement and support have been given 
to those who desired to undertake an aggressive policy. 

"Financial conditions have improved, but the mental and spiritual 
atmosphere is hazy. Those things which are fundamental and eternal 
are in second or third place. The people generally are occupied going 
places, seeing things, and accumulating. Surely we should redouble 
our zeal to find the fruth, to sift the bad from the good, to challenge 
wrong and superficial thinking, and encourage loyalty and fidelity to 
right and righteousness." 

G.H.P. Hoge visited in Oklahoma at the home of "our noted 
Companion, Will Rogers". 

Under the State of the Order we read : — 

"The condition of the Capitular Craft is absolutely in keeping with 
general conditions. 

"The younger groups are carrying on as best they may without 
the close cooperation of the more experienced members. 

"A few of our chapters, long dormant, have taken stock and adopted 
an aggressive policy, and to their very great pleasure, even surprise, 
have found it quite as easy to go forward as to drift. 

"Divert the wild dreams of a coming Utopia. The fuller life so 
often referred to in the idealism of the day is not coming through legis- 
lative enoctment. 

"It is not a time to evade individual responsibility, or to rely upon 
our officers. The admonition and order contained in the parable of the 
talents is before all of us in burning letters. What will you do about 
it? What shall I do? If we bury our talent, the result is certain." 

The expense of the Delegation to the Triennial should not 
be more than $1,000, said the G.H.P. 

The members of Topeka Chapter demonstrated their ability 
to exemplify the proposed new Royal Arch Degree in a very 
satisfactory manner. Kansas evidently does not wish to stand 


Nathan B. Thompson was elected G.H.P. 

Membership, 12,159. Net loss, 740. 

R. Ex. Comp. A. P. Goering, of Hamilton, is the Grand 
Representative of Kansas. 

Albert K. Wilson is Chairman of the Report on Corre- 
spondence. He is a venerated and venerable veteran. His Re- 
views are excellent. 

We quote from California: — 

"As usual, they were honoured with a number of distinguished visi- 
tors from almost all parts of the country, including several from Canada. 

Masonry, to me, is a code of ethics by which we model our lives and 
our living. Masonry is a way of life. Masonry is a means whereby 
its devotees are endeavouring to raise their standard of living by help- 
ing others to live better. Masonry is a great force." 

Canada's Review has many friendly references, especially 
to Grand Z. Cowan. We quote: — 

"The custom of our Canadian companions is to present a veteran 
jewel to companions who have a record of fifty years or more as mem- 
bers of the Royal Craft. 

Under "Changing- Conditions" he had the following to 
say: — 

"The social, economic and industrial conditions of the world are out 
of step with those of a few years ago. 

"Expensive and unnecessary banquets. Is it not a fact that many 
of the Chapters spend far more money on this form of entertainment 
than they do on charity and benevolence?" 

From the Colorado Review: — 

"I am Master of my fate, 
I am the Captain of my soul." 

"Invictus — unconquerable — a thrilling thought with which to face 
death, the destroyer — that, sustained by unfaltering faith, the scythe in 
the hands of time becomes but a key swiftly unlocking the door to that 
mysterious, intriguing realm of eternity which we know surely exists. 
What, though the path has been long, sometimes tiring to the point 
which limits human endurance! Did one ever reach the peak of a high 
mountain without effort, without driving the weary feet on and on? 
Bright the meadows at the foot of the peak." 

This from the District of Columbia: — 

"This is recommended in order that no hasty action may be forced 
upon the Grand Chapter without proper consideration and study, not 
only by those in favour of the action, but by those who may be opposed 
to it. 

"A splendid recommendation, and worthy of imitation in other jur- 

We quote from North Carolina Review: — 

"'Teams' when on duty, develop the dramatic situations; they care 
for the properties; they know their lines, and they don't lack attend- 
ance. Which degree of Symbolic Freemasonry gets out the crowds. 
What part of the Scottish Rite do the boys always present themselves 


for in largest numbers? Is the Royal Arch Chapter as successful as 
these nowadays in securing attendance at its meetings?" 

Under Pennsylvania he speaks of the "Frozen Assets of 

From the Iowa Review: — 

"Through all of our present embarrassments we can still hold our 
thoughts on the highest plane and, even though the world about us be 
thinking low thoughts, the leadership of mankind must think the nobler 
and more glorious thoughts if they are to lead men up. 

"Most of them try as they come and go, 
To leave some glory for men to view. 
A few turn traitor to God and State, 

But most of the men I know walk straight." 


John M. Cochrane, Grand High Priest. 

G. Allison Holland, Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Eighteenth Annual convened in 
Louisville, October 15th, 1935. 

The G.H.P. made an admirable address, full of retrospect 
as well as perspective and prospective: — 

"There is many a candle lighted 

And I can see them near and afar; 
And many among them, my friends 

Shine steadily on like a star. 
If once all the flames that were lighted 

Should steadily blaze in a line, 
Wide over the fields of Kentucky 

What a girdle of glory would shine." 

"Tomorrow becomes yesterday so rapidly that we scarcely realize 
that today ever existed. So quickly has the sand run out of the hour- 
glass that it seems but yesterday. 

"Many of our subordinate chapters are not functioning at all; 
many have not had a meeting for over two years. 

"Several Inspectors have written that chapters in their district 
were desirous of consolidating." 


"My grandpa notes the world's worn cogs, 
And says we're going to the dogs ; 
The caveman, in his queer skin togs, 
Said things were going to the dogs. 
But this is what I wish to state — 
The dogs have had an awful wait." 

"Grand Jurisdictions with which I have come in contact, have a 
special Apron or some distinctive badge for their presiding officer to 
wear. I hope you will approve this action, not merely on financial 


grounds, but because we ought to dress our Grand High Priest in an 
appropriate manner. 

"Once was the occasion of a convention of a national organization 
and the other was the races. I have no objection to Louisville securing 
the presence of all the national conventions it can get nor have I any 
objection to the running of a horse race, but I do object to their being 
held at the same time that our convocation is held. 

"Supreme Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Scotland, learn- 
ing that Comp. John H. Cowles, that fine Mason and honourable gentle- 
man, contemplated a trip to European countries I feel that honour 

and distinction has been conferred on this Grand Body in having such 
a distinguished, illustrious and noble a Mason, such a courteous and fine 
gentleman, carry our felicitations to the Companions across the Big 
Pond, and, in turn, to bring back to us such fine sentiments. Such an 
interchange of fraternal greetings between two Grand Chapters will 
somehow somewhere redound to the great good of both." 

Inspector Blackford of the 6th Congressional District re- 
ported fully : — 

"Any man who is a member of any Masonic Body merely for the 
honour or rjust for the money that he may obtain by reason thereof 
has no business being therein. The principles of Masonry have never 
been inculcated in him. It is hard to believe that a Companion will use 
his office as High Priest, an honour that has been conferred on him by 
the members of his chapter, merely to have his expenses to the Grand 
Convocation partly paid." 

Owing- to the death of W. W. Clarke, the Committee on 
Doings of other Chapters completed their work under the 
Chairmanship of his son. 

From the Financial Report: — 

"Our revenue has been slowly though steadily decreasing. Likewise 
our membership. The two go hand in hand. No one knows where the 
bottom is. 

" 'Our Homes' — We paid this year the sum of $3,000.00 or around 
one-third of our income. Last year we paid $2,000.00 or around one- 
fifth of our income. If we continue at this rate we will go broke." 

Look up, Kentucky, don't grovel! 
With regard to refreshments the G.H.P. said : — 
"It would not seem advisable to follow that course in this country, 
but what is sometimes jocularly termed the 'Knife and Fork Degree' is 
not a bad idea, because at that time talks could be made on Capitular 
Masonry and kindred Masonic topics and in that way keep the members 
of the chapters in a thoughtful mood." 

Some of the Chapters appear to be still moon starers as 
witness the following : — 

"I find that one who is Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of 
Kentucky must also be an astrologer. Pikeville Chapter, No. 133, meets 
on Friday on or after the full moon. Earlier in this report I claimed 
no knowledge of the habits of the moon, but I do now. The moon be- 
comes full once every twenty-eight (28) days." 


The G.H.P. closes with this verse: — 

"The year is closed, the record made, 

The last deed done, the last word said; 
The memory alone remains, 

Of all its joys, its griefs, its gains, 
And now with purpose full and dear 
We turn to meet another year." 

Portraits of the Grand Treasurer and Grand Secretary 
adorn the proceedings. 

Membership, 10,448. Loss, 789. 

The Necrology Committee quote and report: — 

"What's death? 
A little broadening of the ripple 
Upon the eternal shore, 

A little loosening of the bands that cripple; 
This, and nothing more." 

"In his declining days, Victor Hugo wrote: 'I feel within myself the 
future life. I am rising, I know, toward the sky. You say the soul 
is nothing but the result of bodily powers; why, then, is my soul the 
more luminous when my bodily powers begin to fail? For half a cen- 
tury I have been writing my thoughts; but I feel that I have not said 
a thousandth part of what is in me. When I do down to the grave, 
I can say, like so many others, I ihave finished my day's work'; but I 
cannot say, 'I have finished my life.' My day's work will begin next 
morning. The tomb is not a blind alley, it is a thoroughfare. It closes 
in the twilight to open in the dawn'." 

A distinguished visitor from New York was introduced. 

A. S. H. Cree, of London, Ontario, is the Grand Representa- 
tive of Kentucky, and Canada is represented by A. Gordon 

After the Roster of the Members of constituent Chapters 
follows the portrait of the late William W. Clarke, ' 'frosty but 
kindly" whose good work his son completed. From the Me- 
morial we take the following: — 

"Comp. Clarke was a man of splendid ability; he was educated, 
cultured and a king of diplomacy. He was a power in Masonry and a 
man of great influence in his church and in his community. It will be 
a long time until we see another W. W. Clarke, as he was, and as we 
knew him for the past thirty years." 

Under British Columbia we read this comment : — 

"Grand Z. completes his address with an excellent lecture on the 
high place which Masonry has attained in the history of the world. We 
quote him in part: 

" 'It is absurd to think that a vast organization like Freemasonry, 
was ordained merely to teach to grown-up men of the world the sym- 
bolic meaning of a few Builders' Tools, or to impress upon us such 
elementary virtues as Temperance and Justice; things which the chil- 


dren in every village school are taught, or to enforce such simple prin- 
ciples of moral or brotherly love which every church and every religion 

Unfortunately our Jurisdiction of Canada did not come 
within the reach of Kentucky's ken or the potential pen of the 
Grand Reviewer. 


George J. Ginsberg, Grand High Priest. 

Charles C. Brown, Grand Secretary. 

The Eighty-ninth Annual Convocation convened in New 
Orleans, February 4, 1936. 

Thirteen Past Grand High Priests were present doing 

Canada's Grand Representative was duly in attendance. 

Among the many letters received was a characteristic one 
from Sam J. Helm, the apostle from Texas. 

The G.H.P. said in his address: — 

"I selfishly feel that I have more richly harvested a personal return 
than in the measure in which I have given of my efforts. This more 
firmly convinces me that only in serving Masonry, can we truly appre- 
ciate that we only gain in the measure we put into it. Quantity was 
not the twenty-four inch gauge by which we should measure our strength, 
but rather the true square, plumb and level by which the perfect ashlar 
is fashioned, were the most desirable tools, and those that have carried 
on through the past lean years have truly demonstrated that devotion 
to our pure principles is indeed a safe refuge. 

"Our greatest pleasure has been in rendering what service we have 
been privileged to render and our greatest reward has been in the 
actual serving." 

Membership— 5,004. Net loss— 498. 

The Grand Secretary said in his report encouragingly: — 

"Companions, anyone that has known me, knows full well that my 
heart is in masonry . . . and nothing else. Therefore, if you have 
found my activities in correspondence and otherwise slightly overbearing 
just please feel that it is not from the heart, but that I am bending 
every effort to bring back Capitular Masonry." 

Clarence R. Markland was elected G.H.P. 
The Committee on Necrology reported: — 

"Well spent indeed was Comp. Thomas' life. 
"His civic record is a record of service." 

The Committee on Education said: — 

"The education of newly exalted Companions. 

"The education of Master Masons, not Royal Arch Masons, to the 
necessity of the Chapter degrees for a fuller and more complete know- 
ledge of the Symbolic degrees." 

Canada was duly represented by John W. Armstrong. 


R. Ex. Comp. Colonel William, Y. Mills, of Kingston, is 
the honoured Grand Representative of Louisiana. Louisiana 
may be proud, as we are of our Grand H. 

We quoite the Memorial pages in memory of those Com- 
panions who passed the "White Veil" during 1935: — 

"And they shall see His face; and His name shall be in their fore- 

"And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither 
light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall 
reign for ever and ever. Rev. 22:4-5. 

The Reviews of Herman J. Duncan will be found informa- 
tive, instructive and illuminative. 

This from the Review of Alberta: — 

"The life membership proposition is dangerous, no matter from what 
angle it is approached. 

"Authority was denied the First Grand Principal to grant dispensa- 
tions to Chapters to hold regular Convocations in other than the con- 
stituted places of meeting, which seems fair enough, since if it is con- 
templated that a Chapter wander about from place to place the auth- 
ority for such migrations should be embodied in the charter." 

British Columbia always gives some food for thought: — 

"He offered the obtaining of some definite objective as a suggestion 
to his Grand Chapter, some definite work to do, and said that youth 
offered a field of importance and interest — but Grand Chapter failed to 
see the vision." 

We quote from the Review of California : — 

"The Committee on Capitular Education offered the suggestion that 
the four Chapter degrees and the three Council degrees might be com- 
bined into four or five, 'retaining the essence of all seven.' Why not try 
Masonic injections with a hypodermic needle? Then the three Symbolic 
degrees might be combined with the seven and the whole works given in one 
night. The only trouble is that the candidate might be so imbued with 
'essence' that it would take some smelling salts to bring him out of 
the haze." 

Canada is very favourably reviewed. Among his com- 
ments are the following: — 

"Provinces have from time to time been organized, until now the 
Grand Chapter of Canada holds jurisdiction only over the Province of 
Ontario and the Yukon. As for the time of meeting, they meet the same 
month that we do here in Louisiana, only instead of having balmy Gulf 
breezes to greet them, they get the chilly breath of Jack Frost right 
from the North Pole. One wonders how they ever started meeting in 
the winter time in the first place. 

"There is some advantage in the two year terms, since more oppor- 
tunity is given to develop a program of administration. Now that a 
precedent of a one year only administration has been set, will Canada 
go back to the two year idea? Only time can tell. 

"This year again demonstrated the fact that Canada has one of the 
best systems of inspection and instruction in the Capitular world." 


The writer was particularly intrigued by the report from 
Toronto District No. 8: — . 

"A medico, Dr. Carl E. Hill, was Grand Superintendent of District 
8, and he made his report in the lingo of his profession, scientifically 
reporting: 1, Complaint; 2, Examination; 3, Diagnosis; 4, Treatment; 
5, Prognosis. Without going into detail, it is recorded that in the 
opinion of the attending physician the patient will shortly show 'a very 
decided and much-desired improvement'. This would appear to be true 
in all of the 18 Districts. 

"The constituent Chapters have been engaged in benevolent works, 
the sum of $3,675.00 having been spent for the purpose. Summer vaca- 
tions have been provided for the underprivileged poor of Toronto. En- 
thusiastic gatherings have been held. 

"Again, Col. Ponton presents the Review of Proceedings of Foreign 
Jurisdictions. It is not quite as voluminous as in some years past but 
still way above the average in completeness of detail." 

We quote from Connecticut : — 

"G.H.P. Cort did not agree with the usual argument about lack of 
leadership. He said that success all depended upon the individual mem- 
bers who must have a "consciousness of duty and responsibility to the 
organization to which obligated." 

England is well reviewed: — 

"A brother said to me 'We have lost a great man' and, when I was 
sitting next to a member of the House of Lords a week ago, he said 
'Ampthill was a great man', Yes, he was great, great politically, socially 
and masonically, but there is a greatness higher than any of these to 
which I humbly think he attained, namely, the greatness of goodness, 
the greatness of being good, the greatness of conscience and duty, the 
greatness of doing good to others." 

North Carolina usually has good matter. We quote : — 

"Ritual tinkering is again in order. A committee has been appointed 
to 'report on the official ritual'. One wonders if the yarn told by dis- 
tinguished visitor G. H. P. Blackwell, of Tennessee, had anything to do 
with this action. He was sitting by some old Companion. He said he never 
did find out who he was, but that he was very much carried away with 
the work. It was so different from ours, very beautiful. He said to 
this Companion, 'That's beautiful work, isn't it? You know I would like 
to see them confer the Royal Arch Degree!' " 

This from Scotland: — 

"With all of their high sounding titles, after all, the Companions of 
Scotland are not much different from the rest of us, being governed by 
the same emotions and, some of them, being blessed with a saving sense, 
of humour. The picture, if it were not known the personage pictured, 
whether the likeness was of one born in the U. S. A., Scotland, England, 
Canada or Australia. It is the photograph of a very human man. 

"At the Edinburgh festal board: 'We have heard reference to the 
'grey mare'. Well, as far as the 'grey mare' is concerned, I may say 
that up to the year 1924 Freemasonry was more or less unknown to 
her, but in that year we took a tour round the world, to our great 
Dominions and the Dependencies, and also to the United States of Amer- 


ica, and what she saw of Masonry then quite revolutionized her atti- 
tude. She began to see what a great thing Masonry is, what a tremen- 
dous link it is, what a tie it is that binds us together. It is really the 
spirit of Freemasonry which can bind the peoples of this world." 


John Clyde Arnold, Grand High Priest. 
Convers E. Leach, Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Eleventh Annual was held at Port- 
land on May 5th, 1936. 

From the biography of G.H.P. Arnold the following:: — 

Comp. Arnold is much interested in patriotic-historical societies and 
is a former Governor of the Mayflower Descendants, and a member of 
the Society of Colonial Wars." 

Eleven of the thirteen P.G.H.P.'s were present and hon- 

Invocation was offered by Reverend Companion Ashley A. 

In addition to the Grand Master of Maine, distinguished 
guests were welcomed from Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New 
York, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Quebec, at 
Maine's hospitable centre. 

Canada's Grand Representative did not answer roll call. 

The address of G.H.P. Arnold is an able document : — 

"The exclusive power of legislation is vested in the members of this 
Grand Chapter. Officers are elected to carry out your wishes as here 

"In His wisdom the Supreme Architect of the Universe has taken 
a total of two hundred and ninety Companions from our membership. 

"Into the valley and shadow knowing that 'ALL IS WELL'." 

They have a] John J. Marr in Maine. Under Survey of 
Chapters he says: — 

"Purpose of possible consolidations is a task not to be accomplished 
hurriedly or without consideration from many angles. Sentiment should 
not be disregarded nor should it be allowed to check progress. It is 
the opinion of your committee that so long as a chapter holds its stated 
convocations, meets its financial obligations and has no record of un- 
masonic conduct. Your committee recommends personal contact with 
the officers of these chapters and it is likely within the year something 
can be made to place in a separate classification companions whose dues 
are unpaid and unremitted thereby avoiding an accumulating indebted- 
ness and eliminating what in most cases is only a visionary financial 

"The altruistic, the social, moral and charitable activities are being 
stressed and this is a wholesome sign. Awakening an individual con- 
sciousness foretells a renewed Faith in Fatherhood, an added zeal to 
spread the practices of Brotherhood." 

Present membership 12,749. 


The Grand Secretary reported one hundred and eleven can- 
didates exalted by forty-two Chapters, while twenty-four Chap- 
ters reported none. 

The loss for year was 1,846. 

"Your Committee on Memorials presents its annual report of the 
passing of those companions who have knocked at the door of life, been 
received into the maelstrom of worldly activities and now have passed 
through the vails to their reward." 

John C. Arnold was re-elected Grand High Priest. 

The Committee headed by Thomas H. Bodge reported :— 
"It is our firm conviction by-laws of chapters should be as few as 
consistent with requirements." 

The Trustees of the Charity Fund reported the amount of 
Fund to be nearly $40,000. $1,600 was set aside for relief 
during the year. 

The order of Grand High Priesthood duly met. 

The addresses of Grand Officers (including George L. 
Gardiner) are given by Maine as well as the Grand Repre- 

J Blaine Morrison represents Canada. 

Maine is represented by a veteran and experienced Mason, 
Marshal E. Sherwood of Woodstock. 

The correspondence is again in the sympathetic and ex- 
perienced hand of Companion Bodge. 

He described Calgary, Alberta, as the "Sunshine City of 
the Foothills". 

This from the Review of Arizona: — 

"While in California Comp. Colman was thrilled with the conferr- 
ing of the Most Excellent Master's degree on a class of twenty-six, in 
a large amphitheatre at the top of a hill under the open sky. 

"As Grand Chapter governs its meetings by those of the Grand 
Lodge the law was changed to provide opening 'at ten o'clock the day 
preceding the day the Grand Lodge opens .... and at the same place." 

From Arkansas we quote: — 

"Office of Grand High Priest of this Grand Chapter, formerly held 
by the said Omar D. Freeman, is and has been vacant from the date of 
said expulsion. 

" 'Hon.' Robert A. Woods, Past Grand High Priest of Indiana and 
Most Puissant General Grand Master, made an 'excellent address.' Bob 
could not do otherwise, especially when he had been elevated to the 
'Hon.' class." 

We appreciate his review of Canada : — 

"Welcoming addresses over, Comp. Cowan delivered one of the short- 
est reports recorded. With no attempt at oratory he made a simple 
business statement of the transactions of the office during the year. He 
had issued seventy-eight dispensations, dividing them into nine classes. 
Some would not be required, others not allowed in Maine. 


"Comp. Cowan felt February is the worst month of the year for 
holding the Annual Grand Convocation. 

"Wide distribution of a most valuable compilation of the early 
organization and an historical sketch of the 'birth, growth and develop- 
ment' of Grand Chapter. 

"Condition of Capitular Masonry covered ten pages and dealt with 
phases of the situation. To the faithful service of District Superintend- 
ents was given great credit for the satisfactory condition of subordinate 

"Review of other Grand Chapters. While the report was somewhat 
shortened in the interest of economy it covered all with that writer's 
recognized care and ability. Preceding the review itself appeared a 
'Topical Analytical Index' for the convenience of his readers who might 
wish to post up on the attitude of the several reviewers on various topics. 
His long years of experience give him wisdom that should be made more 
available through observations as he writes." 

This from Colorado: — 

"I agree with him that officers of Grand Chapters should recognize 
they have active duties to perform and 'most assuredly their duties 
should not be limited to filling a place or station during the annual 

A few words from Louisiana: — 

"He was of opinion the real work of masonry is done in the lodges 
and that all other grades are merely adjuncts and should be subordin- 
ate to Blue Lodge Masonry. I am unable to follow his reasoning and 
think he failed to make clear what he would have us conclude." 

This from Manitoba: — 

"We not not deprecate a little innocent fun in the proper place for 
it, but this is not either Lodge or Chapter." 

A New York Review would not be New York unless 
Broughton and Briggs are mentioned, and of the former he 
says : — 

"Grand Chaplain Charles D. Broughton delivered a masterful ora- 
tion on 'The Dimensions of Life' which was published in full and I wish 
all might read it entire." 

He speaks of a "Circle of Elders" in North Dakota. 

He mentions specially the address on The Bible in Oregon 
Review : — 

"Nearly nine pages were required for its reproduction but from its 
very nature, which he designated 'The growth of the Conception of God 
as it is revealed in the Bible story of the development of the Hebrew 
people,' it does not lend itself to quotation. It is a remarkable treat- 
ment of what he terms 'the greatest symbol in the entire masonic sys- 
tem' and worthy of a place in every masonic library." 

He winds, up with Wyoming: — 

"For my part I do not believe there was ever one who looked over 
a copy of the proceedings and especially the reviews we have been writ- 
ing all these years who was not interested, and let me say right here 


I learned long ago there are those we little think likely to spend their 
time reading reviews who do it at every opportunity." 

From his conclusion we quote : — 

"Twenty times I have had the privilege of reviewing the proceed- 
ings of other Grand Chapters. Only two of those who were reviewing 
when I commenced are still writing: Day of Delaware and Core of 

'The workman dies, but the work 'goes on'. And so it is with the 
correspondence reviews — as a writer drops the work another takes his 
place, or that is as it should be. 

"You will have noticed there has been an house cleaning going on 
in many Grand Chapters and the custom of carrying indefinitely those 
who have not paid dues is being discouraged. 

"It is interesting to notice the different twists that get into ths 
minds of Grand Chapters and Grand High Priests. 

"I am old-fashioned enough to believe the degree work should be 
done by the officers themselves, and if they have not sufficient under- 
standing to comprehend or interest to learn and communicate the lessons 
in an intelligent manner they should not accept office nor should the com- 
panions elect them." 


J. F. Dart, Grand Z. 

F. W. Brownell, Grand Treasurer. 

George Syme, Grand Scribe E. 

The Twelfth Annual Convocation was held in Winnipeg, 
6th February, 1935. 

Six Past Grand Z.'s were present. 

Grand Honours were accorded to Grand Z. Coster of Sas- 
katchewan and to William P. Pilkey representing Grand Z. 
of Canada. 

Companions from, the following Jurisdictions in the United 
States were also welcomed and Grand Honours accorded and 
National Anthem was sung in their honour — Minnesota, North 
Dakota and Detroit Chapter, No. 62. 

Grand Master Adolph of Manitoba was accorded Grand 

From the Grand Z.'s address we make the following worthy 
excerpts : — 

"You bring to us new vitality, fresh thought, and new ideas, and 
we want you to appreciate that the work here is mutual in which each 
one shares and has his responsibility. You must realize that the new 
member of today is the executive of tomorrow. 

"He referred to the debt we owed to our Mother Grand Chapter 
whom R.Ex. Comp. Pilkey represented and asked him to convey to his 
Grand Z. his heartfelt thanks for sending a representative to this 
Annual Convocation. 

"We recognize them as friends — friends who have come not only to 
express kind greetings but also to give us the benefit of their experi- 


ence in the consideration, of the many problems common to all; and as 
friends we greet you and hope that each succeeding moment of your 
stay with us will be happier than the last. 

"The Grand Chapter of Saskatchewan is indeed fortunate in hav- 
ing so many members who are so prominent and who have distinguished 
themselves in the public life of the province; Comp. D. K. Knott, who 
had been exalted to the H.R.A. Degree only the night before, and who 
as Mayor of the City of Edmonton, was present to extend a civic wel- 

"The musical programme, provided by a group of ladies who are 
described as the 'Singers Extraordinary to the Grand Chapter of North 
Dakota,' was of a very high order and much appreciated. 

"I visited Flin Flon for the purposeof consecrating Pre-Cambrian 
Chapter, No. 17, 

"The banquet on Sunday evening was at an hour which would not 
interfere with church services. This banquet, served in the Community 
Hall, was unique in this respect — the civic officials, the officers of the 
mining and smelting company around which the town is built, and the 
heads of every fraternal society in the town, were invited and attended. 
The address of the evening, delivered by M.E. Comp. Poole, of Minne- 
sota, was a most masterly <and telling indictment of the world conditions 
of today, their cause and effect. 

"It could not be other than an unqualified success and well worth 
while. I look for great things from Pre-Cambrian Chapter. 

"Most kind and cordial invitations have been received from the 
Grand Chapter of Canada. 

"To George Syme, who with unlimited patience and tact has antici- 
pated my wants and rendered me every assistance during the year — I 
tender my most grateful thanks." 

The surplus on hand is reported to be $3,725. 

A letter is acknowledged from our Most Excellent Com- 
panion Edwin Smith, Grand Scribe E. 

The Committee on Grievances and Appeals report: — 

"Your Committee extends to the Grand Chapter its hearty con- 
gratulations on this ideal condition and sincerely trusts that it will long 

The Committee on Condition of Capitular Masonry re- 
ported : — 

"If a chapter has competent officers, its welfare is assured, for there 
lies a real responsibility for Chapter activity and progress. 

"We are beginning to sense the need of a more thoughtful, charit- 
able and companionable atmosphere within. We may not put so many 
men into Masonry, but let us put more Masonry with the thoughts of 

Membership, 1,498. Decrease, 79. 

From the striking- Report on the Committee on Fraternal 
Dead we make the following extracts : — 

"When I came to the report of R.Ex. and Rev. Charles D. Broughton, 
Grand Chaplain, on Memorials of the Dead and compared it with what 
I purposed giving I resolved to add him to this Committee and practi- 
cally use his report as follows: 

"Suppose we ask another Frenchman whose name will be remem- 
bered centuries after that of Clemenceau has been forgotten. Suppose 


we ask a scientist who has done much for humanity, Louis Pasteur. His 
biography says of him, 'Absolute faith in God and in eternity, and a 
conviction that the power for good given to us in this world will be con- 
tinued were feelings which pervaded his whole life.' The language is 
interesting. The conviction is that Immortality pervaded his whole life 
and drove him forward in his memorable service for humanity. 

Embosomed deep in Thy great love, 

Held in Thy law, I stand; 
Thy hand in all things I behold, 

And all things in Thy hand. 

"Companions: May the 'Angel of Patience' come to each one of us 
as we bow to the will of the Almighty, trusting with the Faith of 
Masons that this is not the closing chapter in the lives of our dear 
departed friends, but the beginning of a new and better volume in 
which we, in God's good time, will share. 

"But ills and woes he may not cure 
He kindly trains us to endure." 

Canada was faithfully represented by F. W. Brownell. 

John Parton, Chairman of the Committee on Fraternal Cor- 
respondence, reported : — 

"Vigor, and with greater virility than ever before, Masonic affairs 
are prosperous, not because of full portfolios of investments, and large 
bank balances, nor because of a great membership; but because the 
members not only preach, but practice the Masonic principles of bro- 
therly love, relief and truth, to the fullest extent, and because the 
Lodges and Chapters meet on the level, work together in peace and har- 
mony, and part upon the square." 

J. F. Irwin was elected Grand Z. 

A peace pipe was presented to M.E. Comp. Dart, which 
bears the following- legend: — 

"The legend concerning the birth of the peace pipe is reported by 
Mr. Catlin as follows: 

" 'The Great Spirit at an ancient period here called the Indian 
nations together, and standing on the precipice of the red pipestone 
rock, broke from its wall a piece, and made a huge pipe by turning it 
in his hand, which he smoked over them, and, to the north, the south, 
the east, the west, told them this stone was red — that it was their flesh 
— that it belonged to them all, and that the war-club and the scalping- 
knife must not be raised on its ground. At the last whiff of his pipe 
his head went into a great cloud, and the whole surface of the rock 
for several miles was melted and glazed; two great ovens were opened 
beneath, and two women (guardian spirits of the place) entered them in 
a blaze of fire; and they are heard there yet (Eso-mec-cos-tee and Tso- 
me-cos-te-won-dee) answering to the invocations of the high priests or 
medicine men, who consult them when they are visitors to this sacred 

Canada by J. Parton, is fraternally and interestingly re- 
viewed : — 

"The Acting Grand Superintendent for the Yukon District be treat- 
ed as of holding full rank, and called Right Excellent. We are review- 
ing Canada immediately as we finished the review of England, and we 


noted that in their proceedings the three Grand Principals are 'Most 
Excellent', but all the other Grand Officers are simply referred to as 
'Ex. Companions.' 

"M.Ex. Comp. Haentschel was the first Grand Z. to pay a visit to 
Klondyke Chapter, in Dawson City, Y.T. It must have been quite a gala 
event in Dawson. 

"Comp. Ponton again brings forward his hardy annual — (or should 
we now say perennial?) — in a 107 page review of Capitular Proceedings. 
Fame does not wither, nor custom stale his infinite variety. For rea- 
sons of thrift he does not write as much as were omce accustomed." 

This from the District of Columbia Review: — 
"When one remembers the terms of a Master Mason's obligation, 
it is difficult to understand how one worthy to acquire and retain mem- 
bership based on that obligation could be sifted aside as not 'quality'." 

A word from West Virginia: — 

"Masonic bodies are not a place to make bad men good; they are a 
place to make good men better. In the Masonic Rites there is truth and 
in Masonic truth there is always and forever the imperishable." 

This from Wisconsin : — 

"We will try and collect our thoughts and mention a few things 
which occur to us. 

1st : Uninteresting meetings. 

2nd : Autocracy. 

3rd : Cliqueishness. 

4th: Irrepressible talkers. 

5th: Debasing so-called entertainment." 

A fine touch from Wyoming : — 

"Among others especially noted was the Grand Chaplain, Fincelius 
Grey Burnett, aged 90 years. His passing severed another link with the 
pioneer days in Wyoming. Known as 'Wing' Black Bear among the 
Indians, he spoke their language and was a master of the Universal 
Indian Sign Language. He was the oldest Masonic Past Master in 
Wyoming. To know him was to love him for his charm and simplicity 
of character. It was said of him: 'He was one of the most estimable 
and splendid gentlemen I ever knew — good, and fine, and noble, one on 
whom you could depend." 

R. Ex. Comp. R. H. Reid, of Woodstock, is the Grand Repre- 
sentative of Manitoba. 


J. F. Irwin, Grand Z. 

George Syme, Grand Scribe E. 

The Thirteenth Annual was held in Winnipeg, 12th Febru- 
ary, 1936. 

Eight Past Grand Z.'s were summoned to the Altar and 
specially welcomed. 

M. Ex. Comp. Alex. Little gave an In Memoriam address on 
King George V. in which he quoted : — 


"Upon the King. Let us our lives, our souls, 
Our children, and our sins lay on the King. 
We must bear all — What infinite hearts's ease 
Must Kings neglect that private men enjoy." 

Closing thus — "we unite in the fervent prayer that the mantle 
of a noble sire may fall upon his noble son". 

Distinguished visitors from Alberta, Saskatchewan, North 
Dakota and Minnesota were welcomed. 

From the Grand Z.'s able and comprehensive address we 
take the following : — 

"It has been my earnest endeavour, with the assistance of the 
Grand Officers, especially Jas. Cavers, Grand Lecturer, to have through- 
out the Jurisdiction, uniformity in Ritualism, in Installations in the sub- 
ordinate chapters and in the reception of distinguished guests. To this 
end Chapters received, in code, a copy of the required work, and Comp. 
Cavers exemplified the signs, grips and tokens at many Convocations. 
We tried, as well, to create a closer bond of fellowship and companion- 
able understanding among all the chapters. 

"Our foundations are sound. 

"That wonderful character also, Comp. Jas. A. Ovas who, happy 
and radiant, lived Masonry from day to day, whose word was his bond, 
whose memory is a benediction. The Committee on Necrology will give 
a tribute . 

"Fraternal Courtesies" 

"R.Ex. Comp. R. H. Reid, of Woodstock, Ontario, who is the repre- 
sentative of this Grand Chapter near the Grand Chapter of Canada in 
Ontario. R.Ex. Comp. Reid replied, thanking us for the privilege ex- 
tended, and assured us he would attend. 

"Royally welcomed and entertained everywhere, I was made an 
Honorary Life Member in Saskatchewan, Alberta, and in North Dakota, 
at Fargo also made a working member of the Monkey Wrench Gang 
with M.Ex. Comp. Frank E. Simmons who attended as well and there 
we were also received into the Circle of Elders. 

"King George lived the real greatness which lies deep down in 
British character; he loved the simple family life. He said at his coron- 
ation 'The foundations of national glory are laid in the homes of the 
people. Those foundations can remain firm only as the family life is 
strong, simple, and pure." 

Among good fellows — a Prince — as he proved himself to be. What 
a man! What a Mason! What a King! 

Long Live the King/ 

"What a wonderful thing it is to have good friends and how sin- 
cerely do I appreciate not only the beautiful plaque presented by our 
good friend Frank Simmons on behalf of the Grand Chapter, R.A.M. 
of Manitoba, but more than that, the genuine regard which you good 
friends have manifested toward me. 

"Our Convocations must be made so interesting that he was stay* 
away will find that he is missing something worth while. 

"What a pleasure it is to listen to .one who understands what it is 
all abount and who enters so wholeheartedly into the part he is portray- 
ing that he does not know there is anyone else in the room." 


He presented the Fergie Irwin Travelling Keystone to be 
carried on in friendly fellowship. 

Membership, 1,437. Decrease, 61. 

The Report on the Fraternal Dead by James Mcintosh is 
earnest and touching. He speaks thus of old age : — 

"Dr. Rufus Jones' experiences coincide with my own — I will quote 
from him: 'If anything, the leaves have grown less sere and yellow. 
The culmination of experience and the increase of friendships have morp 
than made up for the slowed down pace physically. 

"Conservation is written all over the face of the Universe — it cannot 
be that there is no way in God's great world to conserve personality 
which is the crown and summit of the great creation. 

"Whittier had not lost a birthday but was enjoying one when hv 
wrote his noble words: 

"And so the shadows fall apart 
And so the west winds play; 
And all the windows of my heart 
I open to the day." 

"The late Dr. Allan P. Shatford, who died recently — a great Mason 
who carried all the honours Quebec Royal Arch Masons could give him — 
a wonderful influence he was in Masonry. 

"In view of these considerations and as a protest against the abust* 
attending funerals as well as an earnest wish to set forth the Bright 
ness of our Hope, I solemnly desire the following directions to be liter 
ally carried out: 

"I direct that at this service no sermon shall be delivered. My wish 
is that no dark and gloomy hymns as are generally sung shall be ren- 
dered at my funeral, but hymns full of hope of the hereafter such as 
'Jerusalem the Golden,' 'Roseate Hues of Early Dawn,' and 'There is a 
Blessed Home.' I further direct that the church bells shall not be tolled 
in the dismal, dirgeful, dying manner usually done, but if rung as all 
rung brightly and joyously." 

T. Sellar Cook was elected G.Z. 

F. W. Brownell was received as the Grand Representative 
of Canada. 

V. Ex. Comp. William P. Pilkey spoke for Canada. 

Robert Henrw Reid, of Woodstock, is the Grand Represen- 
tative of Manitoba. 

From the Review of British Columbia we take the follow- 
ing :— 

"He deplored the destruction that has been wrought in the morale 
of the younger generation. 'What is to be the future of the world, if 
the young man, moving out from the home into life, is crushed upon 
the threshold? No work, no hope, no home for himself — just a cold ruth- 
less world!" 

From the Review of California the following: — 

"We earnestly advocate the exclusion (or expulsion) of all aliens 
antagonistic to or unsympathetic with the Constitution of the United 
States, its ideals, principles and purposes. 


Canada is well reviewed by J. Parton. He speaks of the 
Grand Z.'s address as follows and suggests it is applicable to 
many other Grand Chapters: — 

"The address of the Grand Z. is up to the standard we now expect 
from our Mother Grand Chapter, except that what we consider a de- 
fect, heretofore peculiar to some of our Sister Grand Chapters across 
'the line', seems to be creeping in ; that is, too much statistical and other 
detail, which we think would be better in the Grand Scribe E's report, 
thus leaving the Grand Z's own thoughts and expressed sentiments free 
and uncluttered from mere business items." 

Our colleague would like to have the book published in 
commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of Grand Chapter 
and we hereby request the Grand Scribe E. to send him one. 
Of our own Review he says : — 

"Comp. Ponton again reviews proceedings. As heretofore, he reviews 
fully and quote freely, and still shows evidence of the same master 
hand and the serenity of mind to which we have been so long accus- 
tomed. Nearly three pages are given to Manitoba 1934; a remarkable 
example of Colonel Ponton's skill in picking out the essential points of 
interest to his Grand Chapter, which of course do not include business 
or local details, which he carefully avoids. We wonder if he will notice 
the printer's error in our last review of Canada?" 

We read of the venerable 1 H.R.H. The Duke of Connaught 
the following under the Review of England : — 

"It would appear that this popular but aged Prince of our Royal 
House is no longer able to be present in person at all the Masonic func- 
tions so dear to his heart, but there is no doubt that his interest is un- 
abated, and he is held by the Craft in England, not only in the highest 
esteem but affection." 

This from the General Grand Chapter Review: — 

"In these days, our Masonic principles of goodwill, of tolerance and 
the faithful performance of our duties, are as essential to our Masonic 
life, as capital, labour and brains are to our industrial life. . . . All must 
be maintained upon the highest possible level or the whole edifice will 
fall. . . . The hope of the world is, that oppression, injustice and greed 
will be overcome by love and mercy. 

"Comp. Arthur D. Prince, Past Grand High Priest, chairman of 
the Committee on Foreign Relations, 'views with great satisfaction the 
continuance of close and fraternal relations with our neighbours of Can- 
ada' also recounts briefly the visit of Comp. Neilson to Manitoba and 




Rt. Hon. Lord Aldenham, Deputy Grand Master, on the 

Acting Deputy Rt. Wor. Colonel Sir Arthur Richard Hol- 


Sir Phillip Colville Smith, Provincial G.M. 

Sir George Boughey, G.S. Warden. 

His Honour the Deemster, G.J. Warden. 

Major Thomas Gabriel Lumley Lumley-Smith, Grand Secre- 

We have only received one pamphlet that contains the 
Minutes of the Quarterly Communication held in Mark 
Masons' Hall, 3rd March, 1936. 

The Duke of Connaught, Grand Master, sent a message of 
acknowledgement as follows : — 

"I deeply appreciate the kind wording of it and I will not fail to 
assure His Majesty the King of your continued loyalty and unfailing 
devotion to the Throne." 

He was of course re-elected and duly proclaimed with all 
his titles, closing with the time-honoured invocation — "Whom 
may the Great Overseer of the Universe long preserve". 

A Loyal and Dutiful Address was presented to the King. 

The 68th Annual Festival is to be held on the 25th June, 
1936, under the Chairmanship of Col. The Hon. Stuart Pleydell- 

The Benevolent Branch record many grants ranging from 
£100 to £20. 

The President of the General Board made an able and prac- 
tical address, as did the Deputy Grand Master. 

" A brother who is in arrear with his dues or for any reason has 
been excluded from a lodge, cannot come up for election as a joining 
member of another lodge. 

"The next business was the presentation of Keystone Jewels. 

"£140,000, of which £70,000, just half, has now been received; but 
of that amount just over £50,000 was paid." 

Among the presentations made were those of: — 

"Howe Time Immemorial Lodge, Warwickshire, Bro. the Rev. G. 

A. Brown (Master). 

The Rose and Lily Lodge, Hertfordshire, has completed a double 


The following Bodies Overseas also have subscribed double 
their original Keystone quotas — Sudan Lodge, North Africa; 
Wilfred Hulbert Lodge, Transvaal; Keystone Preceptory of 
Knights Templar, South Africa. 


John H. Lubbers, Grand High Priest. 
Gustav A. Eitel, Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Thirty-eighth Convocation was held 
in Baltimore, December 10th, 1935. 

Twelve Past Grand High Priests were present doing duty. 


The Grand Master, Grand Commander and others of Mary- 
land were introduced at the Altar, as were also distinguished 
visitors from District of Columbia, Delaware, Virginia, 
Tennessee and W. T. S. O'Hara, G.G.H.P. 

Canada had the honour of being represented by the Grand 
High Priest himself. 

The G.H.P. in his address expressed the hope that the 
pleasures and benefits of this meeting would be as lasting and 
satisfying to them as they will be to us. He emphasized the 
importance of the office of trustee. His address was com- 
mendably brief, closing with the hope that Grand Chapter may 
become a mighty force for righteousness. 

The Grand Lecturer reported : — 

"So that we may see whether the general condition of the Chapters 
is improving, all have been graded on the same basis they were last year, 
with consideration given to the number of regularly installed officers, 
interest and ability of officers, attendance of members, dues arrearage, 
and number of exaltations. Some Chapters still suffer from lack of a 
full line of officers, or from indifferent officers." 

He had on display a graphic chart. 

Membership, 7,403. Net loss, 643. Number of Chapters, 26. 

The Committee on Capitular Education presented a very 
practical Report, acknowledging many suggestions for enter- 
tainment features, such as moving pictures, etc. We quote: — 

"Meetings should not be allowed to drift and become tiresome. 
Each meeting should be planned in advance, just as you would plan any 
program of entertainment, so that the business may be conducted with 
order and dispatch. 

"We recommend that each Subordinate Chapter be requested to 
supply the Committee with the name and address of any one or more 
of its members who has prepared or will prepare short talks, lectures or 
entertainment of any nature, and the subjects on which each is pre- 

Howard M. Emmons, Chairman Committee on Corre- 
spondence, says; that a "come-back" is in sight. 

William J. Latch was elected G.H.P. and in his biography 
we read that he is a local preacher of thirty years' standing 
in the Methodist Episcopal Church. 

Among the Memorials we find that of Charles P. Morning- 
star, P.G.H.P., Jerusalem Chapter, whose memory is an in- 
spiration to all. 

Frank K. Ebbitt, of Iroquois Falls, a fine representative of 
the true North, is the efficient Grand Representative of Mary- 

Practical philanthropy is not neglected by the Most Ex- 
cellent, the G.H.P. of Maryland, as we read in this para- 
graph : — 


"The box for fraternal assistance was placed upon the Altar, and 
the amount contributed taken in charge by the E. Treasurer." 

The excellent Annual Review is preceded by the thoughtful 
Reflections of the Grand Correspondent, from which we take 
the following: — 

". . . . which this world has been passing for some years may be 
directly attributed to the World War. Men were taught to hate, to 
kill, to destroy, instead of to love, to protect and to preserve. 

"The better part of men's natures were warped and twisted out of 
all shape. The desire for lust, excitement aggravated. We are builders, 
not despoilers; our creed is Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth. 

"It will take a long pull and a strong pull and a pull all together 
to bring men back to former standards of morality, but it can be done. 

"We have endeavoured, as usual, to give our readers some of the 
best thoughts along these lines which we have been able to find in ad- 
dresses and reviews, some of which are inspiring and helpful, and refer- 
ences are furnished to lectures and addresses worth reading in full, to 
those who may desire to pursue the subjects more fully than given 
in the brief excerpts." 

Under Alberta we read : — 

"Why could not a similar gathering be held to give thought to 
world-wide problems — problems which unless they are speedily solved, 
may imperil the very existence of our present-day civilization." 

This from Canada at Kitchener: — 

"We believe money spent in this way is an expense which returns 
dividends, if the head of the Order carries with him inspiring messages 
to the craft. 

"He refers to the changing conditions and says: 'Many of the Con- 
stituent Chapters, when times were good and candidates were seeking 
advancement in large numbers, wisely husbanded their resources.' 

"As usual, the reports from the Grand Superintendents take up con- 
siderable space (fifty-six pages) with detailed reports of visitations to 
the various chapters and their condition and some of them containing 
helpful suggestions. 

"The Pictorial History of this Grand Chapter, commemorating its 
seventy-fifth anniversary and to which we referred in our Review last 
year has been provided and distributed, and they were so gracious as 
to send copies to other jurisdictions, including Maryland. 

"The reports of Committee on Audit and Finance and 'Condition of 
Capitular Masonry' are replete with information and recommendations. 

"Comp. Ponton writes very complete and interesting summaries of 
the Grand Proceedings and we regret Maryland is not included." 

A touch from Delaware : — 

"The Committee on Education reports that the material supplied by 
General Grand Chapter has been used to advantage by the Chapters, 
and many delightful and inspirational meetings have been held during 
the year." 

We excerpt from the Idaho Review : — 

"The Masonic influence would be tremendously beneficial if allowed 
to proceed along well-ordered and well-considered lines for purposes of 


better government, better education, development of character, and so 
secure all other things for the benefit of the fraternity in particular and 
the human race in general. Mind you, I say 'better' not 'more'. We do 
not need more government, more education, more money spent. We 
merely need a full understanding of 'Thou shalt not steal,' 'Thou shalt 
not bear false witness against thy neighbour,' and some other of these 
fundamental 'shalt nots,' and we shall be a better nation, better family, 
better individual." 


Ralph Lowe, Jr., Grand High Priest. 
Raymond T. Sewall, Grand Secretary. 

Quarterly Convocation was held March 12th, 1935, de- 
scribed as follows: — 

"The entrance of the Grand Officers was proclaimed by the Grand 
Captain of the Host, E.-.Rev. Paul Sterling, Grand Chaplain at the 
Altar, and the Grand 'Chapter was declared open in Ample Form, after 
which one verse of the Missionary Hymn was sung." 

In addition to the Reverend Paul Sterling", we note the 
Rev. Frederick W. Hamilton, Grand Secretary of Grand Lodge, 
is also Grand Chaplain. 

Six Past G.H.P.'s, all well known names, Prince, Van Val- 
kenburgh, Chipman, Pollard, Cushing and Ames were present. 

Canada's Grand Representative, D. Henry Childs, duly at- 

Claude L. Allen, Grand Master, was welcomed. 

In the Quarterly Report the G.H.P. said : — 

"Therefore, in this spirit, and as your servant and associate, I 
address you. 

"We should not lessen one iota in the stringent process laid down 
by Ancient Masonic Usage and Custom in the consideration of those 
who desire the honours and privileges of the Capitular Rite. Neither 
should we fail in the important and complete investigation of those who 
desire reenrollment by reinstatement or reaffiliation. 

"Numbers are desirable, but should never transcend the stability 
and perpetuity of our Institution, 

"Dimitting members many times little appreciate their responsi- 
bility and place in the "Tide of Human Events." 

"If we are not careful our leadership will be rated as mediocre, 
vacillating and weak. If we are not thorough and deliberate some one 
some day in some way will be forced to do 'our accounting'." 

"Deal promptly and firmly with the member who is imposing upon 
us, but be sure you have the facts, directly and correctly, before meter- 
ing out a firm just decision as to his status as it relates to our frater- 

"Companions, this is the day of 'The Thorough-Bred'. If a man 
has been properly and fully made a Mason this is the time when he 
will reflect it in meeting his obligations in sane fashion. If he is in- 
different, destructive, careless or uncooperative, he must be classed as 
unMasonic. He is not 'A Thorough-Bred\ 


"In our social events let us be wholesome and genuine". 
"In these days the steadying influence of an affable, tactful, 
thoughtful, companionable leader is the personification of strength, 
progress, Permanency and Success. 

"Dont Hesitate; Don't Fear; Don't Dream and Don't Shirk; 
Don't think of your worries but think of your work; 
The worries will fade and vanish, the work must and will be done, 
Massachusetts Capitularism will never see the shadow because 
it faces the sun." 

Quarterly Convocation was held June 11th, 1935. The 
Grand Chaplain offered invocation. 

Canada's Grand Representative duly present. 
From the Quarterly Report of the G.H.P. we read : — 

"Your decisions are far more reaching. Your deliberations for 
good or questionable results more telling. Your performance more 
vital to your chapter, its members and the principles and purposes of 
our rite. Remember my companions, we are 'Rebuilding the Temple'. 

"This is no time for indifference, pessimism, confused utterance or 
performance. Every word we speak, every act we perform, every sug- 
gestion we offer should radiate confidence, encouragement, conviction 
and ultimate success. 

"You are entitled to know. You are to be congratulated. Remem- 
ber, companions, 'It isn't the gale, But the set of the sail that deter- 
mines the way we go.' You have the sail set in the right direction. 
We are moving out, up and on." 

Grand Master Allen spoke feelingly. 

Quarterly Convocation September 10th, 1935. 

From the Quarterly Report of the G.H.P. we take the fol- 
lowing : — 

"He died in office as a Selectman of his Town. 'Bob' Smith will- 
ingly and graciously assumed the tasks requested of him by his town 
citizenship and did the job efficiently. His ability and disposition served 
them and the community in a most commendable manner. 

"All this development is primarily attributed to the 'You and I' 
spirit of earnest joint effort in our official positions. 

". . . . doing your part to steady and guide its destinies safely in 
that course prescribed and charted by the Great Architect of the 
Universe, our Captain and Guide." 

The Annual Convocation was held December 10th, 1935, 
at Boston, a Mark Master and other Degrees were exemplified. 

Membership, 31,290. Loss, 2,434. 

Distinguished guests from Quebec, New Jersey, Vermont, 
New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, 
Pennsylvania, were welcomed, together with the Grand Master 
and other Massachusetts Masons. 

The death of M. Ex. Comp. Curtis Chipman, who had nearly 
attained his 60th year, is feelingly spoken of and his well 
known features will be preserved. Of him it is well said : — 

"So passed Death's wings. It was a little moment, that of dying 
and after that comes a long immortality. The life he lived has not 


gone out of the world. What he loved is here, beauty and art, intel- 
lectual heritages, keen humour and the affection of friends. What he 
wrought out of what he loved remains, living and imperishable. Life 
is holy ground and upon it he walked; working with minute care upon 
the design given him by God, exulting in the gift of life itself, passing 
it on to others for their profit and example." 

"It is said of the great Caesar, sitting at supper with friends, 
that he was asked which sort of death was best, he replied 'That which 
is unexpected'. This perhaps is truest when death comes to those of 
middle years. 

"M.W. Curtis Chipman represented the Masons of Massachusetts 
with his accustomed dignity and grace. 

"A friendly man, he made friends and he made a special effort 
to enlarge our circle of fraternity among Grand Chapters of the 
United States and Canada, while neglecting none of the local responsi- 

"He has left all that a mortal man can hope to leave to posterity. 
A life well rounded in its usefulness and devotion to duty." 

"The Drama's over — lights are out 
Reinf red's passed beyond our ken; 
God grant his parting words come true 
'Sirrah — we shall meet again'." 

We cite from the address of the G.H.P. the following : — 

"Your Grand High Priest and his associate Past Grand High 
Priests, had the benefit of this thought, experience and judgment up 
to the last hour of his passing. His work was well done. His record 
is an enviable one. His mark cannot be duplicated. 'The greatest 
ambition to which any man may aspire is that he may work with his 
brethren for the accomplishment of great things.' Companions, this 
was his Valedictory to us. He did not realize it. 

"Companions, rise as a tribute to this distinguished Mason and 
Leader, and I am going to ask the organist to play his favourite hymn, 
'For all the Saints'." 

Of one of the fraternal visitations the G.H.P. records : — 

"January 2. As the guest of St. Andrew's Royal Arch Chapter, it 
was my unusual privilege and distinction of being present as the head 
of the Capitular Rite at the Two Thousandth Convocation of the Chap- 
ter. The Capitular records of this country evidence the fact that this 
was the first Chapter in America that had held a two thousandth con- 

The G.H.P. appointed V. Ex. Comp. Archibald J. Stringer, 
of Toronto, as the Grand Representative of Massachusetts. 

Under the heading of "Projected Programme" for next year 
the G.H.P. says:— 

"There are primarily only two acts I can perform for you as your 
presiding officer: 

1st. Analyze, present and comment upon our activities of the 
past year, — in other words, give you in annual convocation 'A 


2nd. Suggest, as it appears to me and my associates in Grand 
Chapter, who have been selected to serve you, an outline that we 
can all utilize as a guide. 
The third act is entirely in your hands, namely, 'The Execution'. 

"We should not put ourselves on his level by not caring just be- 
cause he doesn't care. If we do we will just spread 'Indifference', 
which is today a plague and a menace." 

He thus concludes: — 

"The indestructible qualities of, will to do, faith, courage and 
justice. They mean more today to all of us and to posterity. To prac- 
tice them earnestly every day illuminates our work and revives these 
same virtues in the hearts and lives of those we serve, who in turn 
stimulate their homes and organizations. The effective labour is the 
quiet effort. The successful result is the reflection of genuine earnest 
thought and action. 

"At the conclusion of his annual address, M.E. Comp. Lowe stated 
that a real pleasant duty of the evening was to present to the Com- 
panions assembled 'Our distinguished, affable and pleasant leader', and 
that he was very happy to present the Grand Master, Claude L. Allen. 

"A Committee composed of Past Grand High Priests conducted 
M.E. Comp. Lowe into the Chapter Room." 

The Convention of High Priesthood was duly held. 
A summary of the Fraternal Correspondence of many 
Grand Jurisdictions is given. 

Massachusetts always scores. 


William N. Senf, Grand High Priest. 

Charles A. Conover, Grand Secretary. 

The Eighty-eighth Annual Convocation was held at Grand 
Rapids, May 20th, 1936. 

Distinguished guests from Indiana, Colorado, Wisconsin, 
the Grand Lodge of Michigan and our own Edwin Smith, Past 
Grand Z. and Grand Scribe E., were welcomed. 

Eighteen Past Grand High Priests headed by the venerable 
Lou B. Winsor, whose death we deplore, were presented and 
given the Grand Honours. 

Charles A. Conover was faithfully present as the Grand 
Representative of Canada. 

The Roll of Honour of all deceased Past G.H.P.'s was read. 

263 voting members were present and 80 ladies were 
registered accompanying Officers and Representatives. 

Comp. Sophus Johnson, City Manager, and representing his 
Honour the Mayor, gave an address of welcome to the ' 'Uncon- 
ventional Convention City". 

From the G.H.P.'s excellent address we take the follow- 


"My best efforts were given to render to the Craft a service lighted 
so many years ago by men of vision and wisdom, and borne so splen- 
didly by the many who have preceded me. 

"It has truly been a year of opportunities and privileges and to 
the rank and file of our membership I wish to express my thanks for 
your loyalty. 

"As the River of Time flows silently, swiftly on, we pause on the 
shore to watch the craft passing by, never to return again. 

"One by one we pass the stations 
In the onward march of life; 
One by one through faith we conquer 
In the never ending strife." 

"I was glad to delegate authority to the Grand Secretary to repre- 
sent me at the Grand Chapter of Ohio and also Canada. He reports 
that he was royally received and entertained. " 

Of Camp Rademaker he said: — 

"Camp Rademaker and its activities were turned over to a com- 
mittee known as the Camp Rademaker Advisory Committee to solve, 
if possible, means by which the camp would become self-supporting 
and prevent further expenditures from the surplus of Grand Chapter 
funds. The camp should be operated as a camp for under-privileged 
boys between the ages of ten and twenty-one years, for the 1936 sea- 

"It shall be the duty of the Committee to direct all investigations 
and set the requirements and dictate the degree of what the term 
'under-privileged' shall mean." 

Under the heading of Grand Secretary he quoted: — 

'"Tis just the little acts of kindness 
To those we meet in life's great mart 
That leaves the imprint on the heart." 

From the Grand Secretary much is always expected and 
much is always received. We quote from his report: — 

"The number 'three' is said to be a Masonic Mystical number. 
The 'three times three' is typical of the Royal Arch. The number 
'thirty-three' is still more significant. In our particular case the last 
figure is emblematic of the 'flight of time,' as this annual report is the 
thirty-third I have had the honour and pleasure to present to you. 
Only two veteran Grand Secretaries out of i53 on duty when I started 
are now serving their respective jurisdictions." 

He speaks hopefully of the weak and delinquent Chapters. 
Membership, 29,849. Net loss, 3,322. 
Of his visit to us he kindly says : — 

"On February 25th, I also had the pleasure of again attending a 
convocation of the Grand Chapter of Canada and enjoying the exuber- 
ant hospitality of our 'Canadian cousins'. Here is a jurisdiction where 
Masonry and its teachings are all taken seriously and its ceremonies 
conducted with greatest dignity and decorum. Attention to details is 
a strong attribute of its officers and members. Our jurisdictions have 


for many years enjoyed the closest fellowship and exchange visits have 
been most pleasant." 

The Grand Lecturer reports: — 

"There is no Federal law now in force pertaining to the manner 
of displaying, hanging, or saluting the United States flag, or prescrib- 
ing any ceremonies that should be observed in connection therewith. 

"While it is within the province of the War Department to pre- 
scribe rules and regulations governing the use of the flag for observ- 
ance within the Army, yet it is beyond its province to prescribe any 
such rules or regulations for the guidance of civilians or to undertake 
to decide questions concerning this subject that are presented by 

As to the flag- ceremony and its salute the Committee re- 
port: — 

". . . . question also arose as to what constitutes the proper salute 
to the Flag in the Chapter Room and after much discussion it was 
decided that the 'righ hand (military) salute' should be given to the 
Flag in the Chapter Room." 

The Committee on Obituaries report: — 

"They have entered the presence of the Lord of Glory — the King 
of Kings. They see no longer dimly from this earthly Vale of Tears. 
They know, minus all doubts of mortal minds, the true interpretation 
of, I Am that I Am:; I Am hath sent Me unto you." 

James Frank Firestone was elected G.H.P. 
The Installation of Grand Officers has a pathetic touch. 
It was Comp. Winsor's last Installation: — 

"For many years ,past in which the memories of the present mem- 
bership of Grand Chapter runneth not to the contrary our good Com- 
panion 'Uncle Lou' B. Winsor has annually installed the officers of 
Grand Chapter according to a certain patent to which he holds undis- 
puted title. As he was suddenly called away during the session this 
duty was placed in charge of Comp. Hunt, P.G.H.P." 

Amendments to Laws are printed in full. 

The Order of High Priesthood duly met and Anointed 55 
new members. 

Walter G. Price, of Port Credit, one of our most esteemed 
and highly regarded P.G.Z.'s, is the Grand Representative of 
Michigan with us. 

Among the Masonic Publications received and recommended 
is the Masonic Sun of Toronto, now we regret to say, discon- 


George D. Riley, deceased Grand High Priest. 
L. L, Conerly, acting and elected Grand High Priest. 
E. L. Faucette, Grand Secretary. 

The Eighty-eighth Annual was held in Jackson, 12th Febru- 
ary, 1936. 


During this meeting: James Henry Johnson was elected 
G.H.P. for 1936-1937, and from his biography we take the fol- 
lowing : — 

"His labours are unceasing and he seems to be living in the atmos- 
phere of the work in the construction of the Temple, and to see that 
only good work, true work and square work enter into the completion 
of the labours of the companions, so that the copestone and the key- 
stone fit with exact nicety in the symbolic edifice that is being erected 
and completed in our Grand Jurisdiction." 

Owing to the lamented death of G.H.P. Riley the duties of 
the office had fallen upon the shoulders of M. Ex. Comp. 
Conerly, who was duly installed. 

He reported a large number of reinstatements, always an 
encouraging sign, and says: — 

"It is, indeed, a pleasure to mix and mingle with the companions, 
but on account of the effects the depression has had, our contingent 
fund will not permit of a great deal of visiting." 

The Grand Lecturer reported that he had visited many 
of the Chapters more than once with fairly satisfactory re- 
sults. He said: — 

"Its failure is the very natural result of the chapter membership 
letting themselves come to depend on one or two members to look 
after its affairs while they themselves get to believe that each dis- 
charges his whole duty by merely answering occasionally the calls of 
these leaders. 

"Find among them replacement material. But these new mem- 
bers in sufficient numbers are not and so these vital leaderships are 
not yet filled. 

"Go out and work your plans for the promotion of your Chapter's 
welfare during the coming year. Chapter activity will not renew itself; 
somebody must start it and work it." 

This from the Report of the Committee on Necrology: — 

"Comp. Riley was possessed in an eminent degree of the sterling 
qualities that fitted and qualified him for the highest and most efficient 
service. We learn from the greatest of teachers that service is a badge 
of true greatness. His gifted mind grasped and felt in full force the 
truths and impulses which were dimly and dumbly moving in the minds 
of others. In his soul was room for many interests and many aims, 
while he possessed the power to comprehend and reconcile them all 
into one great purpose." 

P.G.H.P. Carter extended a hearty welcome to the Grand 
Representatives, saying: — 

"In some of the Grand Chapters men work as hard to get ap- 
pointed Grand Representatives as they do to get in the grand line, 
for they are known as 'Right Excellent,' and they pride themselves 
very highly on it and perform their functions very highly. The truth 
of the matter is that few of us remember that we are Grand Repre- 

Membership, 2,998. Net loss, 91. 


Fourteen Past Grand High Priests were lined up facing the 
East and honoured. 

Adam Arthur Gray, a well known member of the Royal 
Craft, is the Grand Representative of Mississippi. Canada is 
represented by Leon S. Lippincott. 

The Foreign Correspondence is again in the capable hands 
of the veteran Reviewer, H. C. Yawn. 

We quote from the Alabama Review : — 

". . . . insisting that they help with money, food or clothing the 
one hundred and sixty residents of the Masonic Home, consisting of 
old Masons, Mason's wives, their widows and their orphans." 

This from the Alberta Review : — 

"The Grand First Principal believes that Democracy is now on 

"Great Britain and its Dependencies, have always to a large ex- 
tent entertained this view." 

Canada at Kitchener gets a brief but friendly touch : — 

"Mississippi's Grand Representative, A. Art Gray, was present. 

"The Grand Z. urges that the companions put aside all personal 
differences and approach every question with an ardent desire to pro- 
mote the interest of Capitular Masonry. 

"The death of Comp. E. T. Malone, K.C, is recorded in their Pro- 
ceedings. Comp. Malone was especially distinguished in civic affairs. 

"This Grand Jurisdiction bestows 50 year medals on Masonic Vet- 
erans who have passed the 50 year mark. 

"The Grand Z. speaks of the changing conditions of the time and 
observes that it is a far day from the time when all the chores were 
completed and full preparation made on Saturday that the Sabbath 
might not be desecrated." 

From the New Jersey Review a truth strongly expressed : — 

"The work ahead demands deliberation, coupled with optimism 
constructively displayed." 

This from North Carolina: — 

"He refers to Comp. Riley as his old friend and refers to George 
as one of the most useful men in the Masonic Service Association. 
George's Negro stories charmed him and especially a speech made in 
the Grand Chapter of New Jersey on the resumption of Fraternal re- 
lationship between New Jersey and Mississippi." 


Guy C. Million, Grand High Priest. 

Ray V. Denslow, Grand Secretary. 

The Nineteenth Annual convened in Jefferson City, April 
28th, 1936. 

From the biography of the G.H.P. we take the following : — 

"Few who see our urbane Grand High Priest would guess that 
he is one of Dewey's sailors and once wore the uniform of a blue- 
jacket in Manila. 


"In his Masonic connections he has not neglected the appendant 
orders, but has been active in the Order of High Priesthood, Missouri 
Commanders Association, Royal Order of Jesters (A new one on us!). 
Common sense, coupled with his genial disposition, has smoothed out 
more ruffles in the Order than others not conversant with the facts 
would ever guess. 

"No sluggard he, in the Temple of Masonry; but an earnest, sin- 
cere, unassuming and tireless labourer for the hire that no mortal 
hands can ever give." 

Following: the singing of America, the Grand Chaplain 
offered an invocation: — 

"We pray that Thou will give us hearts to love widely, minds to 
think freely and courage to build wisely; we ask it in Thy name's 

Missouri is very hospitable and introduced distinguished 
guests from Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, and Saskatche- 
wan, and the Grand Master. 

Twelve P.G.H.P.'s were introduced and honoured. We 
quote: — 

"You are the pioneers who have blasted out the stumps of discour- 
agement, that we today might enjoy a fuller realization of true frater- 
nal fellowship." 

Grand Representatives were presented at the Altar and the 
G,R, of Saskatchewan responded: — 

"(Arthur Mather) as a member and speaking for myself and the 
rest of the diplomatic corps, I wish to thank you most heartily for 
your cordial greetings and welcome into this convocation. Personally 
I happen to represent a Chapter from the far Northwest where the 
winds blow and the keen intellect is sharpened, where Scotsman and 
Irishman reason safely, and where Royal Arch and all other Masons 
are represented keenly, splendidly and brotherly. I bring the greet- 
ings of the Grand Chapter of Saskatchewan." 

From the address of the G.H.P. the following: — 

"It has been a difficult matter to bring some of the chapters out 
of the apathy into which they have drifted. This, I have attempted 
to accomplish. 

"During the year, two of our Past Grand High Priests have passed 
to their great reward. 

"He discouraged selling of tickets bearing the words: 'Boat Ex- 
cursion by the Royal Arch Chapters of St. Louis' because such a pro- 
cedure would result in the excursion being sponsored by the Royal 
Arch Chapters of St. Louis and I do not think it wise for the chapters." 

"There are grave doubts about the propriety of Royal Arch 
Masons permitting the steamboat company to sell tickets in which it 
retains fifty per cent, of the proceeds by using the name of the Royal 
Arch Chapters." 

Among his other Rulings the following : — 

"A request was made for permission to give a dance or dances, in the 
name of the chapter, td raise funds. 

"My answer was that, while there is no specific law against the 
giving of a dance or dances, yet the printing, advertising and selling 


of tickets in the name of the chapter might be construed as a violation 
of the Grand Lodge by-laws ; also, there would, no doubt, be many 
non-Masons present at such a dance and in case of any drinking or 
disturbance developing, undue publicity might be given to the matter 
and, whether the chapter Masons were really responsible or not, it 
might react in the public mind against the chapter." 

Incomplete, inaccurate and delinquent audits are scored. 
The matter of lost Rituals is treated as very serious. 
In his conclusion he asks what is success and answers it in 
the following': — 

"It's doing your work the best you can, 
And being just to your fellow man, 
It's being true to your aims and ends, 
And standing steadfast with your friends, 
It's going ahead despite defeat, 
Fighting staunchly, keeping sweet, 
Keeping clean and playing fair, 
Laughing lightly at Dame Despair, 
Looking up at the stars above, 
Drinking deeply of life and love, 
Struggling onward with a will to win, 
Taking loss with a cheerful grin, 
Making better this great old earth, 
Serving, striving through strain and stress, 
It's doing your noblest — that's success!" 

Membership, 18,670. Net loss, 1,655. 
The cornerstone of the new High School Building- was laid, 
General John J. Pershing was present. 

From the Committee on Necrology Report: — 

"Many of our companions have been called from the scenes of 
time to the glory of that timeless life which lies beyond the river that 
rolls between time and eternity. 

"A farm-bred boy, Judge Trimble felt a keen sympathy for the 
average man. To him the law was an instrument for justice and not 
for legal exercise. He always was concerned with making the court 
on which he served express the fundamental conception of right. 

"So should we live that every deed 
May hold within itself a seed, 
Of future good and future need." 

Awards in the form of medallions for distinguished service 
were granted. 

From the invocation we quote: — 

"Grant that we may consecrate ourselves to Thy work and ser- 
vice, inspire us with the spirit of devotion and .patience, and may we 
be to all men Thy interpreters, for Thy name's sake." 

Orson H. Swearingen is the Grand Representative of Can- 
ada and duly attended. 


Comp. Turnbull of Illinois in responding to welcome said : — 

"I wonder if these High Priests that received those jewels will 
go home and study their significance, and then remember the modern 
application of that breastplate, that he is the leader of every member 
of the Chapter, and the united stones mean he is head of the united 
Chapter and should devote all his efforts to making that Chapter a 

Frank P. Briggs was elected G.H.P. and was presented with 
the Historical Hat. In acknowledging he said : — 

"I would rather have their plaudits than to have the plaudits of 
any group of men. And I thank you; I appreciate this. It is the 
highest hat I ever saw (laughter), and I hope that nothing in this 
office will ever make any of my companions say, or any of you com- 
panions ever think that I am high-hatted." 

Candidates in waiting were anointed, consecrated and set 
apart to the Order of High Priesthood. 

William J. Tow of The St. Patrick Chapter is the worthy 
Grand Representative of Missouri. 

The Capitular year is recorded by Ray V. Denslow in his 
own characteristic way, each page reflecting his personality: — 

" 'Royal Arch' betokens possibilities, for in simpler terms the Roya' 
Arch might well be regarded as a rainbow, symbol of promise and ful 

"While the Freemasonry of the States is broken up into forty-nine 
jurisdictions and each doing its own work in its own way (to its own 
satisfaction), almost three-fourths of a million Royal Arch Masons 
are bound together in a loose confederation known as the General 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the United States of America. 
But three jurisdictions stand aloof from this association — Pennsylvania, 
Virginia and Texas, and these three have what they think is sufficient 
reason for their position.- 

"Freemasonry of the United States is even now confronted with 
its problems ; do not for a moment think that the influence and activities 
of Hitler, Mussolini and their ilk are not being' heard from in our 
own country. Shall we stand idly by, awaiting the time when con- 
stables, police and public authorities close our meeting places? Or shall 
we convince our neighbours that Freemasonry has only the welfare of 
the nation and its people at heart?" 

A paper on "Canton's Cultured Knight" was read at the 
Masonic Research Council We quote : — 

"Too grand to be forgotten, surely one of them is Bro. Ben H. 
Smith. Forever must he remain a sky-piercing peak in the Himalayan 
range of earth's great and pure and lofty souls." 

In the Prelude to his Review under "Addresses" we recite 
the following: — 

"In many of the jurisdictions there is still preserved the question- 
able title of 'Grand Orator'. We have selected four specimens of the 
'oration type' — and we wish we had more to offer. 

"Nowhere in the Bible is any attempt made to define God. He is 
accepted as being beyond the power of the human mind to define ex- 
cept as men became aware, during the years, of His many attributes. 


"Canada: George L. Gardiner, Grand Z., was born September 25, 
1883, in the City of Toronto. 'He received an excellent education and 
specialized in commerce and finance. He is vice-president of one of 
Toronto's large industrial concerns and director in many business or- 
ganizations. He is an enthusiastic golfer." 

Under Condition of the Rite we read : — 

"We like to dwell upon this subject; it should be the thought 
uppermost in our minds, for unless the condition of the rite is right, 
then the rite retrogrades. 

"Few men will continue to pay their dues for that in which they 
are not presently interested, therefore make our convocations so bright 
and interesting that Companions will count it an evening lost if they 
are absent. Open on time, conduct the business with dispatch, detail 
committees for specific purposes, have all contentious questions settled." 

Under "Financial" a further note from Canada: — 

"A finance committee called attention to the investments of chap- 
ters, during prosperous years of their surplus funds, in securities which 
at the present time appeared attractive, but which under pressure of 
the present period had shown considerable shrinkage. The committee 
said: 'It is not only poor business, but it is illegal to invest trust funds 
in securities surrounded by an atmosphere of speculation'." 

On Peace and Fraternal Relations we quote: — 

" 'We, representing three million Masons, declare to you, our Eng- 
lish Brethren, that there shall not be war between England and 
America. Our statesmen and yours must find a way of composing our 
differences.' It was done." 

From California: — 

"California: Masonry to me is a code of ethics by which we model 
our lives and our living. It is a means whereby its devotees are en- 
deavouring to raise their standard of living by helping others to live 
better. Masonry is a great force for the social upbuilding." 

Again quoting Cowan under Canada he says : — 
"Canada (Cowan) : As the years roll around I am impressed more 
and more that Grand Chapter should select a more suitable time than 
the month of February in which to hold our annual meeting." 

Under Historical he quotes from Canada describing our 
pictorial history, which he terms a very valuable report. 
Under Humor we read : — 

"Grand Chaplain Timm told Dr. Poteat's description of the aver- 
age American Lodge: 

" 'The Grand Master puts on his stovepipe hat, literally and some- 
times figuratively as well, and reads his report. What does it include? 
Dispensations, decisions, nine-tenths of which are unnecessary, discip- 
line, necrology, with fulsome eulogy of dead brethren, a great deal of 
it undeserved, accompanied with the world's worst poetry. I have heard 
more bad poetry in Masonry, and especially in Grand Lodge, than in 
all other places put together. If that sort of poetry is read over my 
body, I'll haunt the man who does it. Then the Grand Master goes on 
to the state of the Craft statistics, new lodges established, and so on, 


and finally he winds up with a grand burst of eloquence. After that the 
distinguished visitors are introduced and they arise and strut. I have 
seen some who could sit down and strut. They extend compliments, 
and say usually nothing net'." 

Even things political sometimes creep in, but rarely. 
Unusual incidents and remarks are found by him in his 
rambles over the Capitular Vineyard. 

"Canada: The conferring of this rank was unusual in that he had 
not held either of the three principal stations in Chapter, but was given 
'on the ground that his services to Masonry, his eminence in rank in the 
Church and as a citizen, and his excellent qualities as a Mason, justly 
entitle him to the deserved honour'." 


Charles A. Rasmusson, G.H.P. 

Luther T. Hauberg, Grand Secretary. 

The Forty-seventh Annual opened at Lewiston, June 16th, 

M.E. Companion Spottswood, General Grand Master of 
Second Veil, was received with honour. 

From the address of the G.H.P. the following: — 

"Royal Arch Masonry in Montana stands today four square, a for- 
ward looking, progressive and constructive organization. I am hopeful 
that although we have been shorn by the winds of adversity in the 
past, we may look forward with renewed courage and well founded 
faith and trust for the future." 

Of his visit to Iowa the G.H.P. eloquently says : — 

"At our home at Atlantic, Iowa, where your Grand High Priest 
was raised to the sublime Degree of a Master Mason, and where he 
was exalted as a Royal Arch Mason. 

"Sad to relate, however, only five companions were present whom 
I had known at the time of my exaltation. We were received with 
every honour and courtesy by the Iowa Grand Chapter officers and 

He praises his colleagues as follows : — 

"Those of Deputy Grand High Priest Burlingame were especially 
interesting, because they scintillated his personality throughout. I 
want to commend the Grand King for the splendid workmanlike and 
artistic manner in which he compiled his reports and submitted them 
for review." 

And of the state of the Craft he says : — 

"While we had a net loss in membership a year ago of 281, our 
net loss this year will be only 107. It is significant to note that whole- 
sale suspensions, by subordinate chapters, have practically ceased, and 
with one or two exceptions the local chapters are now operating on a 
live, paid up basis." 

"Increase your attendance by appointing a committee of your old 
standbys to get after absent members and bring them out to meetings. 
Make your Chapter room a friendly place. 


"Believing in the ancient Greek philosophy, that those who are 
the least governed are the best governed, I have decided to make but 
one specific recommendation. 

"To observe the trend in our schools and churches, and to hear 
the restless discord of groups on all sides, it becomes evident that there 
is a growing tendency to adopt many of the dangerous vagaries of the 
old world. This country, together with Great Britain and the Scandin- 
avias, compose today practically the only outstanding examples of real 
representative government. 

"Personally, I am persuaded to believe that, when danger really 
threatens and our people fully realize what they are in for, the good 
sense and judgment of the American will assert itself and return us 
to the normalcy of a self reliant, courageous and sane constituency. 

"When convulsions shake nations and the shattered ideals of an 
ill considered and poorly advised Utopia come tumbling about them, it 
is then the ipopulace will turn to ideals that are substantial, practical 
and well grounded. Then will Masonry once again become a power in 
the fabric of our national understanding. When that time comes, let 
us see to it that we have a Masonry, efficient, that will not only attract 
but hold those who would come to it to perceive the light." 

Royal Arch Masonry in Montana marches on ! 
Three hundred and nine degrees were conferred during the 

Membership, 3,375. Net loss, 107. 

The reception of the 15 P.G.H.P.'s is thus described : — 

"The Grand Captain of the Host was directed to conduct the Past 
Grand High Priests to places west of the altar as their names were 
called by the Grand Secretary. R.E. Comp. Burlingame extended a 
warm welcome and M.E. Comp. Armour responded for the group." 

James M. Burlingame was elected G.H.P. 

H. T. Cumming is Grand Representative of Canada. 

The Hedges Memorial Educational Fund was taken over by 
the Knights Templar and no statement was furnished at first, 
but afterwards was given satisfactorily. $945.00 was appro- 

' 'America" was sung at the closing of Grand Chapter. 

Edward Cason Gay was lovingly remembered and was de- 
scribed in words applicable to all the departed. 

"He immediately became a positive force in the business and cul- 
tural life of the little city." 

"Men drop so fast ere life's mid stage we tread, 
Few know so many friends alive as dead." 

"To-day the journey is ended, 

I have worked out the mandates of fate; 
Naked alone, undefended, 

I knock at the Uttermost Gate. 
Behind is life and its longing, 

Its trial, its trouble, its sorrow, 
Beyond is the Infinite Morning 
Of a day without a to-morrow." 



The Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Canada, Right 
Excellent Companion William McGregor Logan, of Hamilton, 
is Grand Representative of Montana. Nothing finer ! 

H. S. Hepner, P.G.H.P., presents the Seventeenth Annual 
Review of the "doings" of Capitular Quarries and Vineyards 
in the world. 

From Alberta Review we quote : — 

"Common ordinary individuals like ourselves can be forgiven if 
from day to day we live in a state of bewilderment and dread. 

"There is no doubt about it, Democracy is now on trial." 

This from the Review of British Columbia: — 

"The home is no longer the sacred institution that it was. Con- 
tracts are not inviolate — debts have ceased to be obligations of honour. 
Anxiety for office weighs far too much with Governments." 

California furnishes this thought: — 

"These insidious influences are at work on every side in their 
attempts to undermine our great Republic. It is our duty as citizens 
and as Masons to see to it that these hydra-headed monstrosities shall 
be driven out of our country." 

In the Review of Canada, the Grand Z., Alexander Cowan, 
receives special attention and quotation : — 

"The social economic and industrial conditions of the world are 
out of step with those of a few years ago. 

"It is a far cry from the days when we as boys were required to 
clean our boots on Saturday night. 

"Over 50 pages of the volume are devoted to reports of the 16 
District Grand Superintendents. 

"Grand Scribe E. Edwin Smith reported 21,931 members. 

"Comp. Ponton presented Correspondence Report. Like all his 
former efforts it shows painstaking care and all reviews are well writ- 

Ireland presents itself for review with the following re- 
sults : — 

" 'D. G. C, Down,' 'Londonderry' and a lot of other Protestant 
Irish Names; 'P. G. G. Supt. South Africa,' and same of New Zealand; 
we do gather that they all mean to tell what they are doing but it must 
be in the new Gaelic language revived by the Irish Republic and we 
are not yet on to it. 

"No statistics of moneys received from Chapters, and they are 
long on that. Now Sam Helm of Texas will take a shot at us. 

"So good bye pamphlet we tried to review." 

The Michigan Review was satisfying. We quote : — 

"Help the boy to become a good man and he will help you when 
you need him, for of all the flowers that blossom in the human heart, 
gratitude is the most fragrant and it is unthinkable that a boy having 
received kindness will repay you otherwise. So from every angle of 
vision you should help the young man of to-day." 

New York and Briggs are well reviewed : — 

"Some 'passed the buck' to other officers, or to the subordinate 
Chapters. Ever and anon a grand secretary would venture an opinion. 


But like Banquo's ghost, the continuing drop, drop, drop in Chapter 
membership would not down. 

"One of the frequent alibis was that all other fraternities were 
suffering from the same disease. That did not change conditions with 

This from Wisconsin Review: — 

"A beautiful rendition of the ritual is well and good but that is 
not the all of Masonry. 

" 'Man does not live by bread alone' is a truth." 

The "End of the Journey" furnishes characteristic 
Hepnerian food for thought. 

"We have spanned the continent of North America, crossed the 
Atlantic and dipped in the South Seas in search of the pot of manna, 
and of the stone to bind together the Royal Arch. 

"Wherever we went we found optimism giving place to the pessi- 
mism which for the past few years has been the travail of the Royal 

"We are full-blooded and optimism runs riot in our veins and 
arteries and we fear not arteritis clotting up the life-blood of our 
Capitular entities. 

"Men who are true may gather and read aright the Lost Word 
and take it to their hearts." 

Montana's Grand Representative, William McGregor Logan, 
Grand Secretary, of Grand Lodge of Canada, referred to above 
passed away April first, 1937, deeply and universally mourned. 
He was as a son to this Reviewer. 


J. Theodore Brammann, Grand High Priest. 

Lewis E. Smith, Grand Secretary. 

The Sixty-ninth Annual was held in Omaha, December 4th, 

After musical selections the G.H.P. was received with 
honours and requested the Grand Officers to assume their 
stations and places. 

Nebraska may not be a large Jurisdiction but eighteen 
P.G.H.P.'s answered to the roll call and were cordially received. 

Among the distinguished guests were those from Missouri, 
Iowa, and the Grand Master of Nebraska. 

Canada's Grand Representative did not answer roll call. 

From the address of the G.H.P. we make the following 
citations : — 

"The same problems of human relations that harassed us during 
the years of depression have also vexed and perplexed us since we 
met here one year ago. The distressing conomic and material prob- 
lems prevailing everywhere appear to have produced apathy toward 
everything of a spiritual and moral nature. 

"Masonry must ever be alert if we are mot to lose our freedom, 
of speech, and freedom of worship. 


"The Royal Arch Masons of every community should produce the 
dependable and honest civic leadership that the people look to for 
guidance in their civic affairs. As an organization we must foster true 
patriotism, love of country, Brotherly love, Charity, Truth, Justice 
in all your dealings with mankind. Put your trust in the Great I Am, 
but be active in His service, and you will feel that your labour has not 
been in vain. 

"Our efforts must be directed to intellectual and thoughtful men. 
We must appeal to the intellect for which these degrees are intended. 

"By the gracious mercy of the Most High God, our official family 
has been spared to carry on the great work of perpetuating this insti- 
tution, erected and dedicated to the glory of God. 

"By the same gracious mercy, the ranks of the Past Grand High 
Priests have also remained undisturbed." 

We venture to think, however, that the Mercy of the Most 
High God referred to was also exemplified in the sparing of 
good lives among other ordinary Masons. 

This decision was given : — 

"How shall a visiting companion who has received the Royal Arch 
degree in a foreign jurisdiction, and has not received all four degrees 
of American Chapter work, be healed? 

"This is done by placing him under obligation of that particular 
degree, and then communicating the pass." 

Membership, 5,870. Net loss, 464. 

The Report on the Nebraska Masonic Home at Fre^ 
mont furnishes interesting reading: — 

"Six children retire from; the Home this year, and eight were ad- 
mitted. The children, who all attend the Fremont public schools, are 
doing exceptionally well. 

"The number of residents in the Home is ninety-six, forty-seven 
men and fortynnine women. The number in the Infirmary is forty- 
seven, twenty-four men and twenty-three women. Nieteen were ad- 
mitted to the Home this past year, nine men and ten women." 

Carl R. Greisen was elected G.H.P. 

A classic from the Committee on Fraternal Dead cannot be 
too often re-produced for those who in this ephemeral world 
still love deep thought expressed with rhythm and cadence. 

"So shalt thou rest; and what if thou shall fall 
Unnoticed by the living; and no friend 
Take note of thy departure? All that breathe 
Will share thy destiny. The gay will laugh 
When thou art gone; the solemn brood of care 
Plod on ; and each one, as before, will chase 
His favourite phantom; yet all these shall leave 
Their mirth and their employments, and shall come 
And make their bed with thee. 

So live, that when thy summons comes to join 
The innumerable caravan, that moves 
To the pale realms of shade, where each shall take 
His chamber in the silent halls of death, 


Thou go not, like the quarry-slave at night, 
Scourged to his dungeon, but sustain'd and sooth'd 
By an unfaltering trust, approach thy grave, 
Like one who wraps the drapery of his couch 
About him, and lies down to pleasant dreams." 

Clemens A. Spellman is Grand Representative of Canada. 

Nebraska is well represented by a near and worthy neigh- 
bour of this Reviewer, William J. Potts, of Trenton. 

The Index to Topical subjects from 1933 to 1935 inclusive 
is very convenient as a work of reference. 

The Order of High Priesthood duly met. 


Andrew Ruckteschler, Grand High Priest. 

L. William Semenza, Grand Secretary. 

The Sixty-third Annual Convocation was held in Reno on 
the 9th of June, 1936. 

Eleven P.G.H.P.'s reported for duty and honour. 

The G.H.P. was introduced and welcomed as the Grand 
Commander of Knights Templar of Nevada. 

Several Past Grand Masters were also welcomed. 

Peter Enrietti duly represented Canada. 

From the address of the G.H.P. we note the special grati- 
tude expressed that the line of officers had not been broken 
through the goodness of our Supreme Grand High Priest, to 
whom we venture to suggest the line makes little difference in 
personality from the ordinary brothers or Companions. 

The invocation by the Grand Chaplain is striking: — 

"To our dear companions who are with Thee a full share of Thy 
treasures, that they may always be white with Thy purity, tranquil 
with Thy peace, and glad with Thy joy. Let us live vividly in their 
present love as they live in ours, until the time of separation is past. 

"Almighty Father of whose only gift it cometh that Thy faithful 
people do unto Thee true and laudable service; preserve every member 
of this Grand Chapter from luke-warmness and stir up within us morp 
love and zeal and devotion. May Masonic light perpetual shine upor 

From the conclusion of the brief report of the G.H.P. we 
quote: — 

"I feel that it is my duty to recommend in this report that there 
is strength in numbers and that all Chapters should stress to the ut- 
most of their ability, the problem of holding their membership and to 
reinstate companions who were in financial difficulty during the lean 

"I trust that the spirit of Masonry and the practice of Masonic 
principles will carry us through the next year to the Fraternal goal 
we seek." 


Membership, 577. Net gain during year, 13. 

Nevada and Utah are in a class by themselves in showing 
at least some gain, though small, instead of losses. 

The Student Loan Fund is being administered and loans 
outstanding amount to $1,795. 

The Committee on Correspondence recommended the recog- 
nition of Queensland. 

George S. Day was elected G.H.P. 

The Correspondence Committee consists of E. C. Peterson, 
H. L. Case and L. William Semenza. 

The President of the High Priesthood is Edward C. Peter- 

Among the In Memoriam tributes to those who have been 
called from earth's labours, the following: — 

"Brief life is here our portion. 
Brief sorrow, short lived care; 
The life that knows no ending. 
The tearless life is there " 

"The Gardens of Immortality." 

Companion Edward C. Peterson was elected Grand Secre- 

Right Excellent Companion John F. Marr is the worthy 
Grand Representative of Nevada. 


Frank N. Graves, Grand High Priest. 

Harry M. Cheney, Grand Recorder. 

The One Hundred and Seventeenth Annual was held in 
Concord (and harmony) on May 19th, 1936. 

It is indeed with deep regret that we record the recent 
death on New Year's Day of Harry M. Cheney, as announced 
in the Iowa Bulletin. He personified the principles of Masonry 
and had a wide horizon. 

Eleven Past G.H.P.'s were present. 

Arthur M. Dunstan faithfully represented Canada. 

Distinguished guests from Connecticut, New York, Maine, 
Massachusetts and Rhode Island were given private Grand 

From the address of the G.H.P. we take the following 
quotations : — 

"We are pleased that so many of our own representatives are 
here with us to-day. The year of anticipation has become one of reality. 

"The committee put in a lot of work on the ritual and hope that 
it meets approval. 


"During the past year the Grand Master of the Universe has 
parted the white veil, and exalted to the higher lodge some of our 
loved and esteemed companions." 

He made many inter-state visitations and all were mutually 
profited by the interchange. 

He did not neglect the Home visitations and gives an ac- 
count of his stewardship and that of those visitors whom he 
appointed to act. 

Membership, 4,141. Decrease, 261. 

Clarence Edson Stickney was elected G.H.P. and Arthur 
M. Dunstan, Deputy G.H.P. 

M. Ex. Comp. Walter H. Davis, of Hamilton, an active and 
a devoted Mason, is the Grand Representative of New Hamp- 

In the list of Secretaries New Hampshire is still faithful to 
our well remembered Companion Henry T. Smith, who of 
course was succeeded by his brother, Edwin Smith, but New 
Hampshire has not yet made the change. 

The Order of High Priesthood duly met. 


John G. Crawford, Grand High Priest. 

Charles D. McCracken, Grand Secretary. 

After a special Convocation the members of Grand Chapter 
united in the singing of "The Star Sprangled Banner," and 
immediately following the reception of distinguished guests 
the G.H.P. merged the special Convocation into the Eightieth 

Ten P.G.H.P.'s reported for duty. 

R. E. Godfrey Pitts never misses an opportunity of being 
faithfully present to represent Canada. He is well known to us 
as a frequent visitor here. 

Distinguished guests from Delaware, District of Columbia, 
North Carolina, Virginia, New Hampshire, West Virginia, 
Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecti- 
cut and our own R. Ex. W. Y. Mills, of Kingston, Grand H. of 
our Grand Chapter, were cordially welcomed. 

From the Grand Chaplain's invocation the following: — 

"May they be steadfast in that work, and grow stronger in their 
progress toward perfection, furthering, by their desire of a more per- 
fect service, the fraternal ties of Capitular Masonry. Unite them to 
fellowship in Thy Kingdom, granting them the wages of a perfect rest 
in Thy eternal abode." 

The G.H.P. announced the worthy appointment of R. Ex. 
Comp. Archie D. Mclntyre, of Toronto, as New Jersey's Grand 


The Travelling Keystone and the fine lectures that ac- 
company it still continue to be of great interest. 

One Chapter surrendered its Charter. 

Consolidation of Chapters will be allowed in future and the 
G.H.P. also recommends dual membership. 

Membership, 13,342. Net loss, 1,552. 

The receipts of the Grand Secretary during the year 
amount to $7,022.00. 

Among the responses made by guests that of W. Y. Mills 
is thus quoted: — 

"R.Ex. W. Y. Mills, Grand Second Principal H. of Canada, was 
the sole representative of that jurisdiction, and explained the meaning 
of the title 'H\ 

"At this point Comp. Guy sang 'The Hills of Home'." 

The Committee on Necrology of which Godfrey Pittis is 
Chairman, report: — 

A look may be forgotten, 

A word misunderstood, 

But the touch of the human hand 

Is the pledge of Brotherhood. 

To them I hold that we are bound 

By double pledges to be fine; 
Who once has had a friend, has found 

The link 'twixt mortal and divine." 

Al. G. Pritchard was elected G.H.P. 

This from the invocation preceding installation by Grand 
Chaplain Naylor: — 

"For the others of us who are assuming the duties of our several 
stations and places, we pray that we may become co-labourers with God 
in the dissemination of truth. Lead us moment by moment. Forgive 
our sins and strengthen us with Thy spirit, that we may do Thy will." 

Two hundred and sixty Companions during the year passed 
through the Veils of the Supreme Tabernacle. 

The anointed High Priests did good work. 

Among those present we note from New York the honoured 
name of Henry DeWitt Hamilton, Past Grand High Priest. 

David McGregor is Scottish and practical in his foreword 
to his excellent Review. We quote: — 

"The ascending curve of net losses has taken a decidedly down- 
ward trend, this year's record shows about 11,000 less than last year, 
or a net loss of 7% as compared with 9% for last year. 

"The insidious activities of Communism and its allied 'isms,' en- 
gaged in seeking to undermine our form of Government, are engaging 
the serious attention of many of our Grand Chapters, particularly in 
the west; and well may they! 

"It seems that here is a line of activity that should command atten- 
tion from all. While we are drifting along with the tide, these enemies 


of the liberty for which our forefathers fought and bled, are boring 
both from without and within. 

"This is not politics, but pure self preservation, and the sooner 
we take the matter in hand 'firmly and definitely, the easier will be the 
process of checking it. 

"Let us now be up and doing." 

The California Review contains the following comments : — 

"A perusal of the accounts of those visitations, which were in 
most cases preceded by 'fine delicious dinners,' takes one back to a few 
years ago, when the goose hung high and everything was rosy; and 
to the reviewer it looked like an oasis in the desert of depression; but 
the Finance Committee found it necessary to refuse to approve a 
motion to donate $1,000 to the Endowment Fund of the Masonic Homes, 
as the Grand Chapter had been running in the red for the past two or 
three years. 

"The Educational Committee has prepared a set of eight lectures 
on Capitular Masonry and mimeograph copies were distributed for pre- 
sentation to the Chapters." 

From North Dakota, the following: — 

"It is more important to secure the reinstatement of Companions 
not in good standing, than it is to secure new members". Yes, indeed! 
Very much more! For while it does not increase the treasury as much, 
it certainly is bound to improve the morale of the Fraternity. 

"The 'MONKEY WRENCH GANG' got in some of its own pecu- 
liar line of WORK! when the Grand Chapter was AT EASE, adding 
a full quota of humour to the affair, that might otherwise have been 
dull and monotonous." 

From the Review of Washington this reference to Can- 

"One of the most interesting of the visits made by the Grand High 
Priest was to Victoria, B.C., where an international convocation was 
held. He was accompanied with about 400 companions and ladies who 
sailed from Seattle on a chartered boat. In the presence of the Grand 
Officers of British Columbia and of Washington, the M.E. Master De- 
gree was conferred by Canadian companions and the R.A. Degree by 
companions from thde State of Washington. The visitors were won- 
derfully entertained." 

Canada at St. Catharines, "The Garden City," receives 
fraternal treatment. We quote: — 

"It was opened in Ample Form by the singing of 'God Save the 
King,' 'America' and 'Fight the Good Fight,' and the invocation by 
Comp. Stewart. 

"They were welcomed by the Mayor of the city to the centre of the 
greatest fruit district in Canada. 

"W. T. S. O'Hara, general Grand High Priest; also from the other 
Masonic bodies in Ontario. Our Grand Representative, Comp. K. J. 
Dunstan, was in attendance. 

"The death of King George was feelingly referred to by the Grand 
Z. Over $500 had been contributed voluntarily to the King's Cancer 

"Eighteen dispensations were granted for attending Divine Service 
in a body. 


" 'Age with Honour' Jewels were presented during the year to mem- 
bers of the Grand Chapter, one for 55 years' service, one for 50, and 
52 for 25-year service. 

"V.Ex. Wm. Smeaton celebrated his 101st birthday last year and 
'now, mellowed by the stealing hours of time, is living a peaceful and 
contented life in Ann Arbor, Michigan'. 

"The Grand High Priest's address was of a high literary order." 

No institution is stronger, better, or more virtuous, than 
are the members who compose it: — 

"Free transportation for children and wives of patients of the 
Samaritan Club from Toronto to Jackson's Point, which resulted in the 
saving of $700 each year, and thereby enabling the club to extend its 
beneficent work. Such efforts are interpretative and characteristic of 
true Royal Arch Masonry." 


Raymond E. A. Drolet, Grand High Priest. 

Alpheus A. Keen, Grand Secretary. 

G.H.P. Drolet spent his boyhood years in Montreal attend- 
ing the parochial schools there. 

The Thirty-eighth Annual Convocation was held at Albu- 
querque, March 19th, 1936. 

Distinguished guests from Montana and the Grand Master 
of New Mexico! were treated with honour. 

James A. MacKenzie, Canada's Representative, duly an- 
swered Roll Call. 

Eight Past Grand High Priests were present. 

Twenty-four Companions had during the year answered 
final Roll Call. 

The G.H.P. recommended: — 

"Feeling that the York Rite Festival plan of conferring the De- 
grees is the solution of the creation of interest in Capitular Masonry, 
I recommend that this Grand Chapter foster and encourage all the con 
stituent Chapters to promote such York Rite Festivals in their com- 
munities at least once or twice each year. The legislation permitting 
such Festivals has been adopted and it only remains for the officers 
and Grand Officers to use their talent and energy to build back the 
strength of the Order." 

Membership, 1,294. Net loss, 63. 

Reuben Parry reported: — 

"Loss in membership continues in the Capitular world, but losses 
are smaller. Optimism prevails." 

Thomas J. Hall was elected G.H.P. 

An inspiring letter was read from General G.H.P. O'Hara. 

The Committee on Necrology quote: — 


"Death takes us by surprise 

And stays our hurrying feet, 
The great design unfinished lies, 
Our lives are incomplete. 

So when a great man dies, 

For years beyond our ken, 
The light he leaves behind him lies 

Upon the paths of men." 

Frank A. Copus, our eloquent Past Grand Master, is the 
Grand Representative of New Mexico. No one finer! 

The Proceedings give a list of Subordinate Chapters under 
the Jurisdiction of the General Grand Chapter which is in- 
teresting. There are four in Alaska, two in Cuba and three 
in Mexico. 

Alberta is the first Jurisdiction to receive the reviewing 
touch of Reuben Parry, who says : — 

"There is no doubt about it. Democracy is now on trial. The gen- 
eral breakdown in our economic machinery, the existence of paradoxi- 
cal conditions, some of which I have already enumerated. 

"I think it is generally recognized among our members that Free- 
masonry is the very essence of democracy. We do not accept a man 
as a member solely because of his worldly wealth or his social stand- 
ing. These are merely incidents. 

"Among the amendments to the constitution, one provides that no 
Royal Arch Mason of thirty years regular standing shall be disciplined 
for non-payment of dues ... a negative method of granting a life mem- 

British Columbia is well reviewed. We quote: — 

"The Grand Z. expresses a fine loyalty in which we of the United 
States share: 'As loyal citizens of His Majesty the King we express 
our great delight that His Majesty and His Gracious Consort, Queen 
Mary, have been spared to rule the British Commonwealth of Nations 
these twenty-five years past. Our hearts throbbed with the hearts of 
His Majesty's subjects throughout the vast Empire a few days ago'." 

This from California Review : — 

"We earnestly advocate the exclusion and/or expulsion of all aliens 
antagonistic to or unsympathetic with the Constitution of the United 
States, its ideals, principles and purposes. 

"We claim an independent and unrestricted right to maintain the 
established boundaries and influences of the United States of America 
and the consolidation of our American civilization." 

We appreciate the full Report given to Canada, which pays 
special attention to Grand Z. Cowan and notes the presence of 
Frank A. Copus: — 

"The Grand Z. paints a correct picture as follows: — 
" 'We are living in a time when people wish for, almost demand 
amusement and entertainment. Disobedience to God's laws, lack of 
reverence for the Sabbath Day, and want of respect for those in auth- 
ority are all too prevalent throughout the land. 


" 'It is a far cry from the days when we as boys were required to 
clean our boots on Saturday night, when mother prepared the potatoes 
on Saturday night for Sunday's dinner and when the Sunday dishes 
were left until Monday to be washed.' 

"The Grand Z. declined to stand for reelection. His able service as 
head of the Grand Chapter will be missed. 

"Unpaid dues amount to $66,985,000 and this shows a delinquency 
on the part of 4,500 companions. This is not a healthy condition. 

"Comp. Ponton was re-elected Grand Historian. He writes the 
review again, It is full and thorough." 

A decision from Nebraska will be found interesting : — 

"A Royal Arch Mason who received the Royal Arch degree in a 
foreign Jurisdiction and has not received all four degrees of American 
Chapter work is healed by placing him under obligation in that parti- 
cular degree and communicating to him the pass." 

North Carolina of course refers to Comp. J. E. Allen, a 
prince among Reviewers: — 

"In the foreword he gives the following: 'We have got to swear 
off thinking negative thoughts if we want to accomplish positive re- 
sults.' He feels that this expresses the situation and the writer agrees 
with him." 


Hamilton B. Mathews, Grand Master. 

J. G. Stevens, President of General Board. 

George Walker, Grand Inspector of Workings. 

F. R. Sinden, Grand Secretary. 

Half-yearly Communication was held at Masonic Hall, 
Castlereagh Street, Sydney, 23rd November, 1935. 
Many apologies for non-attendance were received. 

From the address of the Grand Master the following : — 

"The great work accomplished during the half year — and it has 
been immense — was only rendered possible by the wholehearted support 
of the officers. 

"Immense benefit following these visits, and I pass on to the 
brethren that appreciation which will doubtless be to them a great re- 
ward. It is in the work itself that we ifind our real interest, and so I 
feel that from the expressions referred to I can take great comfort in 
the knowledge that everyone is doing his proper share of the work. I 
ask for the same great energy and intelligence in the times ahead, and 
the result will fully justify our optimism." 

". . . . M.W. Bro. Holden was present at many of our installa- 
tions, and whose wonderful personality radiated goodness on every 

G. M. Mathews is a cheerful soul and many of his visita- 
tions had the following effect : — 

"There were 80 brethren present and 29 installed Masters greeted 
the new Master. An excellent spirit of fraternity pervaded the proceed- 
ings both in the Lodge room and at refreshment — a very happy gath- 


ering. In the spirit of brotherhood and are doing all that is practicable 
for the welfare of this practical Degree of Masonry." 

The various Officers sent in interesting reports. 

P.G.M. Doust the following:— 

"Enthusiastic gathering of M.M. Masons. On other occasions I 
have referred to the brightness and cheerfulness that prevail in this 
Lodge, and the same fraternal spirit was again in evidence." 

Fraternal Correspondence was interchanged with Victoria, 
South Australia, Queensland, Western Australia and New Zea- 

There being no Degree work at a meeting called, Bro. 
Stewart gave a fine address on The White Stone. 


Hamilton B. Mathews, Grand First Principal. 

F. R. Sinden, Grand Scribe E. 

The first Quarterly was held 13th February, 1935. 

Six Past Grand Z.'s were present. 

Grand First Principal Mathews duly represented Canada. 

Apologies for non-attendance were received from many. 

From the address of the Grand First Principal the follow- 

"I should like to once again draw attention to the somewhat un- 
inspiring manner in which the degree work is conducted by some of our 
city chapters, and in this connection I cannot too strongly recommend 
to the Principals of these chapters the benefits to be gained." 

F. H. Farrar presented the Report on Fraternal Corre- 

The One Hundred and Eighty-second Quarterly was held at 
Castlereagh Street, 8th May, 1935, Canada again represented 
by the Grand Z. 

His address was interesting: — 

"The quarter just concluded has been a busy one, and there are 
decided indications of an uplift in the .number of candidates and the 
general prosperity of Royal Arch Masonry in this State." 

He announced with regret the death of many distinguished 

He presented the address of welcome, thus described : — 
"Most Excelent Comp. Sir Alexander Hore-Ruthven, P.G.Z. His 
Excellency cordially received us and expressed his pleasure in accept- 
ing the address from his companions in this State, whom he hoped to 
meet in the near future." 

And closes as follows : — 

"I would add that the future can be faced with great faith in all 
the things that are to be, and I ask each companion to go on with 
his work in the firm conviction that the ideal before us is well worth 
all his energy and devotion." 


A Representative from Victoria was welcomed. 

Quarterly Convocation was held 14th August, 1935. 

The First Grand Principal made an interesting address. 
We quote: — 

•'It has been a quarter of much trial to all the Chapters because 
of the sickness which the unsatisfactory weather conditions have 
brought about. In some cases more than half the officers have been 
absent from meetings. 

"Still, there is always the desire to spread the benefits of Royal 
Arch Masonry to ever-increasing numbers, especially amongst those en- 
thusiastic Craft Masons who are seeking further light. No opportunity 
should be lost of affording help and instruction to those who are con- 
sidered suitable exponents of our Supreme Degree." 

Quarterly Convocation 13th November, 1935. 

The Grand Z. recorded with regret the death of F. S. Sel- 
wood of Alberta. He spoke thus of the late M. Ex. Comp. Dr. 
Holden, P.G.Z., of Victoria:— 

"Our Grand Representative at or near the Grand Chapter of Vic- 
toria. This worthy Mason is well known throughout Australia for the 
splendid service he has rendered, and his passing leaves us the poorer. 
His work lives after him, and he will ever serve as an incentive to 
us all." 

A Special Convocation held 4th December, 1935. 

Six Past Grand Z.'s were present. 

Apologies were received from M. Ex. Comp. Aubrey Hal- 
loran and others. 

A distinguished Companion from Quebec was welcomed. 

M. Ex. Comp. Chandler installed the Officers, among them 
Hamilton Bartlett Mathews, re-elected. 

Music was interspersed. Among the numbers .rendered 
"Open, Open Ye Gates of Light". 

R. B. Dargavel, our Past Grand Master and Superintendent 
of Benevolence, is the honoured Grand Representative of 
New South Wales. 

Comp. Farrar's Review of Grand Jurisdictions is very in- 

This from Alberta: — 

"What we stand most in need of is a greater application by all the 
nations of the earth and by all the peoples of those benevolent and 
righteous principles upon which our Order is founded. If we would 
only use the Golden Rule as the yardstick by which to measure and 
regulate our lives and conduct, what a wonderful world it would be." 

This from Arizona: — 

"There was a greater reverence for moral and spiritual teachings 
in which Freemasonry had ever exerted through its members a wonder- 
ful influence, not only on their own lives, but on the lives of those among 
whom they moved and mingled. Noble sentiments chastely expressed! 
Much of this had been achieved because of the informative educational 
programme that had been adopted." 


This from California: — 

"The companions benefited by their activities and frequent visits. 
We note the expression 'deliciou dinners' occurred over again and 
again in the special report of the G.H.P. on his chapter visitations. 
Did these gastronomic feats contribute to his ability to drive at night 
time his own motor car? He did not forget to thank his chaff eur for 
the regularity of his attentions on these occasions. He visited during 
his year of office no less than 85 chapters. Some going this." 

We appreciate very much his reference to Canada and 
quote : — 

" 'February from a weather standpoint is probably the worst time 
of the year.' This is exactly what we in New South Wales say about 

"The reports of the Grand Superintendents of the eighteen dis- 
tricts indicate devoted and successful work. The frequency with which 
they record the atendance of chapters at Divine Worship is noteworthy. 

"The Grand Scribe E. reports having completed the preparation 
of the Pictorial History of seventy-five years. 

"There is no striving after simplicity of phrase. May we very 
gently suggest that the report would have been more effective if the 
committee had to some extent at any rate 'cut the cackle and come to 
the bosses.' Its sentiment is fine, it contains much sound sense and 
constructive advice: but the adoption of the "flowery" style has led to 
some little confusion of thought, some little involvement of language. 

"The Reviews of Proceedings of Sister Grand Chapters are from 
the able pen of Comp. Ponton, who has a very effective style of his 
own, and commend them to companions desirous of obtaining a gen- 
eral and comprehensive view of the whole. His quotations are expertly 
chosen, his own remarks are shrewd and direct. We repeat one on 
Arizona: 'He comments that the Supreme Architect has seen fit to 
spare all the members of the official line. Probably they are of no more 
value to the Almighty than the ordinary members of Grand Chapter.' 

"His topical analytical index is again an interesting and helpful 
feature. Rather interesting, references in the index to New South 
Wales run — 

Might, not Right; 
Patience ; 
Scotland ; 

A touch from Mississippi: — 

"It is better to have lived well than to have lived, long. Comp. 
Myers lived both well and long. Great praise this!" 

This verse from Missouri Review: — 

To try the blocks we offer 

with His own unerring Square. 
Hands around, ye faithful Brotherhood, 

the bright fraternal chain, 
We part upon the Square below, 

to meet in heaven again! 
What words of precious meaning 

those words Masoaiic are! 
We meet upon the Level 

and we part upon the Square. 



Frank E. Woodruff, G.H.P. 

George E. Francis, Deputy G.H.P. 

Charles C. Hunt, Grand Secretary. 

Charles D. Broughton, Grand Chaplain. 

The One Hundred and Thirty-ninth Annual opened as is 
their ancient custom in Albany, on February 4th, 1936. 

Fourteen P.G.H.P.'s commencing with the veteran Henry 
DeWitt Hamilton and ending with Adrian A. Pierson were 
honoured in the Grand East. 

Canada was as usual faithfully represented by our old 
friend and colleague, Edward F. Rolle, a man among men. 

Grand Chaplain Broughton opened the ceremonies with 
the following invocation: — 

"For all who are gathered together, that every member of the 
same, in his vocation and ministry, may truly and godly serve Thee. 
Make Thy servants always to join together in seeking — 

". . . . here assembled in Thy will, that, having Thee for their 
Protector and Guide, they may walk without stumbling in the paths 
of righteousness." 

Total attendance was 484. 

In the reception of Grand Representatives we read: — 

"The Grand Representatives entered under escort of M.E. Russell. 

"The Grand High Priest directed the Grand Captain of the Host 
to lead in greeting the Grand Representatives with the grand honours, 
after which he said: 

"New York is unique in its scheme of Grand Representatives. In 
nearly every other jurisdiction these ambassadors of good will are re- 
cruited from the rolls of Grand Officers, past and present. Many times 
I have witnessed the Grand High Priest receive himself as Grand 
Representative. It is our custom to allow no man to hold two official 

"Kindly convey to those whom you represent our felicitations and 
greetings. Do this in person if you can; if not, by some other means 
of communication. And when you have done this, advise your Grand 
High Priest of your performance of this duty." 

Guests from neighbouring Grand Chapters were wel- 
comed within the portals, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Massa- 
chusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, Quebec, Virginia, South 
Carolina, Maine, New Jersey, Delaware, District of Columbia — 
a gallant array. 

From the reception of the General Grand Chapter the fol- 
lowing: — 

"M.Ex. Henry DeWitt Hamilton, one of our own Past Grand High 
Priests, and, as it was said last night, 'The noblest Roman of them air." 

The G.H.P. made a full and satisfying address. We quote: — 

"Your co-operation, your energy, your vision and your inspiration 
will assist us in accomplishing our aim. 


"The Great I Am has this year parted the White Veil of Heaven 
to permit some of our dearly beloved companions to precede us into 
the presence of the Grand Council Above. 

"It is my sad duty to make official announcement of the loss of a 
sturdy pillar of our Grand Chapter, the beloved Grand Lecturer, who 
was summoned to the Grand Council of Heaven. This valiant champion 
of the best traditions and highest ideals of Royal Arch Masonry fought 
the good fight with marvellous fortitude and indomitable courage and 
sheathed his sword only when called by the Supreme High Priest. 

"I consolidated two chapters in Buffalo and two more at the same 
place on December 4. 

Tuberculosis Relief. 

"I have been at Saranae twice this year. 

"Dispensation for an annual election or installation prior to the 
date fixed by the By-laws of a Constituent Chapter. I have refused 
requests for such. 

"With the present day easy means of travelling, it is unfortunate 
that many Chapters in the same district meet on the same night. I 
recommend to the following chapters that they consider the time of 
their Stated Convocations, intervisitations have become so prevalent and 
so profitable, 

"Thirty miles was a day's journey. This year twenty-six com- 
panions travelled from Johnstown to Gouverneur, nearly the distance 
from New York to Albany, to confer the Royal Arch Degree and re- 
turned home the same night. Only a little more than a year ago, the 
Grand Scribe with an auto full of companions left Albany in the after- 
noon, went to a chapter meeting in Rochester ad returned to Albany 
after the meeting. Space and time have all but been eliminated. 

"There are in existence minute books of chapters in which are 
recorded not only those present but also those absent. And failure to 
give a satisfactory excuse often resulted in the imposition of a fine. 
"0 tempora, O mores." 

"I have visited 148 chapters of this jurisdiction, 14 neighbouring 
Grand Chapter Convocations. 

"February 25-26. Grand Chapter of Canada in Ontario was con- 
vened at Kitchener, with the average temperature eight degrees below 
zero outdoors. A compensating warmth of hospitality indoors. 

"To one district there will come visitors from different parts of 
the State, with varying viewpoints and different goals. This is ob- 
viously desirable and probably the best feature of our present method. 

"The slogan 'once a Mason always a Mason' is violated not only 
in theory but also in fact. 

"A Mason's Mark is that which can be made by a chisel and mallet. 
Many chapters have Books of Marks which are gorgeous and contain 
illustrations of their members' marks evidently executed by accom- 
plished artists. While these are beautiful to behold they do not con- 
tain example of marks which could be made by the Mark Master 
Master to whom they belong. 

"The Book of Marks must be kept up to date. 

"Fifteen of our Royal Arch Chapters have at some time sponsored 
chapters of the DeMolay. Five chapters still maintain some connec- 
tion with this order. 

"Will the beautiful but simple ceremonies, the ancient landmarks 
and customs, still enlist men in these coming years of progress and 


"Hearken to the words of Isaiah and Jeremiah: 

"Awake, awake, put on strength, arm of the Lord; awake, as 
in the ancient days, in the generations of old. Put on thy strength, 
Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, Jerusalem. Shake thyself 
from the dust, loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, captive 
daughter of Zion. Hear the word of the Lord, ye nations, and de- 
clare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will 
gather him, and keep him as a shepherd does his flock. Thus saith 
the Lord: Refrain thy voice from weeping and thine eyes from tears; 
for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the Lord; and they shall come 
again from the land of the enemy. And there is hope in thine end, 
saith the Lord, that thy children shall come again to their own border." 

Could anything" from any modern book be more appropriate 
or appealing- than is the volume of the Sacred Law. 

Grand Master Klinck being called upon, said : — 

"I recall that the strong men of the Grand Lodge were the strong 
men of this Grand Chapter. 

"They all realize the great strength that comes from this body. 

"They did not know what this great actor would do. But he arose 
and said the Lord's Prayer. When he had finished most of the con- 
gregation were in tears. The pastor said, 'Bro. Booth (he was a mem- 
ber of New York Lodge), will you explain to us just why you put such 
expression in that prayer?' He replied, 'We dramatists try to make 
fiction a reality, while so often men in prayer try to make reality a 
fiction.' So I say to you, we have each been taught that we are men of 
prayer. Let us take this little thought home. We must remembe : 
that Masonry exists for one thought." 

Membership, 46,586. Net decrease, 3,922. 

Washington A. Russell, well and favourably known to this 
reviewer, Grand Lecturer of New York, submitted an admir- 
able report of his loyal activities. 

The Committee on Tuberculosis Relief composed of Com- 
panions Stagg, Condit, Hammel recommended a grant of 
$6,500 for this worthy offering. 

0. Frank Hart made an admirable address : — 

"The teachings of Masonry are the thing which the world needs. 
It is your job, as well as mine, to live that type of life. That is the 
best sermon any one ever preached. Above all the miracles, the mar- 
velous life of the Master stands out. I am not in sympathy with those 
who say the younger generation has gone to hell. They are like we 
used to be. It brings to my mind that it is up to us to live lives so 
that we will be guides to those young people. I am for the young man. 
I have a most profound sympathy for the man who has been blessed 
with a fine son. 

"The little boy following, as he wanted to be with his dad. As he 
waited and watched he saw the little boy put his feet in the footprints 
which he had himself made in the snow. That man said a prayer: 
'Grant that I may so live so he may follow in my footsteps through 
life.' Go back home, companions, and catch the spirit of Capitular 

George E. Francis, of Rochester, was elected G.H.P., and in 
this connection the following: — 


"The ballot electing the Grand High Priest was cast by his son, 
Comp. George E. Francis, Jr. In declaring the result of the ballot 
the Grand High Priest said: 

"There is an Armenian tradition which I would like to read in 
this connection: 'Who sees his father sees God. For that father is the 
last in a long, unbroken chain of ancestors, binding all men to Adam, 
and, hence, to the origin of creation. And' yet who so sees his son sees 
God. For this son is the next link binding humans to the last judg- 
ment, the end of all things, the consummation. Must not so holy 
a relationship be timid and sparing of words?" 

Grand Chaplain Broughton receives an honorarium of 
$250.00 a year, and George E. Briggs for Foreign Corre- 
spondence receives $350.00, both outstanding Masons. 

The memorials of the dead are again in charge of the Grand 
Chaplain : — 

"It is a profound truth, my companions, that Death is the Great 
Leveller. A few days ago, the body of King George of England was 
laid in its final resting place at Windsor. 

"But after all the essentials of farewell were the same. 

"Their eyes did not see the pomp of that event. So perhaps they 
better realize how true it is that Death is the Great Leveller and that 
loving and sorrowful farewells from earth, for kings and for the 
humble alike, differ not at all." 

"Faith of our fathers, holy faith! 
We will be true to thee till death." 

Hery DeWitt Hamilton installed the Grand Officers elected. 
The Committee on Foreign Correspondence, is again from 
the inimitable head, and heart and pen of George E. Briggs. 
We make the following extracts from his introduction: — 

"I keep six honest serving men: 
(They taught me all I knew.) 
Their names are What and Where and When 
And How and Why and Who. 

"When the books of varying thickness are opened and the pages 
scanned, the contents, the facts, fancies and figures present a new 
kaleidescopic narrative to the discerning eye. 

"In some Grand Chapters the net loss was less than that of the 
previous year. We could not find any membership figures for Arkan- 
sas, Mark Master of England and Wales, or England, while New South 
Wales, Scotland and Queensland printed only a total membership. • 

"Moreover, these sessions took place at varying dates in almost 
every month except July and August. Our 'snake machine', which we 
call that 'because it is an adder, indicated to us that the total net loss 
as recorded in fifty-two Proceedings was i59,859. A year ago we re- 
ported a net loss of 65,934. 

"The fact that we were not alone in our distress and troubles was 
much like the fellow tortured with rheumatism who was told by his 
neighbour that 'he had it too, and worse' than the party of the first 
part. However kindly the thought that was mighty poor consolation 
for the said party of the first part. 


"For when the One great scorer 

Comes to write against our name 
He writes not that we won or lost 
But how we played the game." 

"We were glad to discover that inter-jurisdictional visits by Grand 
High Priests or present or Past Grand Officers were increasing. We 
of the Eastern, Middle and occasional Southern States long since ac- 
quired this habit of calling upon each other. In the West, Southwest, 
Northwest and Canada, the practice of interstate amenities by Grand 
Officers has been steadily gaining. It cannot help but bring about a 
closer spirit of comradeship, a more intimate fellowship between the 
rank and file of our great fraternity. Further, the interchange of 
ideas, gaining of information, new friends, etc., must ultimately bene- 
fit all participating in these Capitular migrations from State to State." 

We believe it was our famous orator and statesman, Roscoe 
Conkling, who said in nominating in 1880, at Chicago, General 
Grant for the Presidency for a third term, "He will hew close 
to the right, let the chips fly where they may." The latter part 
of this sentence has come to most common usage. It is re- 
spectfully submitted in the present controversial subject: — 

"As we conclude we want to add our belief to that expressed by 
so many Grand High Priests that one of our great troubles in Masonry, 
as in political, civic and social life,, is that we are too materialistic. We 
dwell too much on number of members, bettering our financial condi- 
tion, making a showing in our records. We lose sight of the ideals, the 
sentiment, the romance of Masonry in our grasp for, and reaching out 
for, the material. Some one has said, 'The man who declaims against 
sentiment and scorns romance is a man to be feared and avoided, a 
man who would rob the sunset of its glory, wash the green off the 
grass and foliage, and strip the gold from the ripening grain, if there 
were profit in the process.' To this sentiment we say, 'Amen.' 

"Through the days of labour and the nights of rest, 
May the love of Allah fill your breast; 
So I touch my heart as true Masons do, 
May the peace of Allah abide with you." 

This from the Alabama Review: — 

" 'Indices Oculi', which being translated means, 'The countenance 
is the portrait of the soul, and the eyes mark its intentions'." 

We take from Arkansas : — 

•"Cato said: 'Buy not what you want, but what you have need of; 
what you do not want is dear at a farthing'." 

Canada at Kitchener receives friendly and fraternal treat- 
ment : — 

"This Grand Jurisdiction is made of 158 subordinate units in the 
Province of Ontario and one in the Yukon. Total membership, 21,931, 
of which 107 were in the Yukon. The Grand Scribe E. reported five 
delinquent chapters out of 159. We did not think that such a debacle. 

"M.E. Alexander Cowan, in his succinct address, indicated a busy 
year. He recommended changing time of meeting. 


"Regrets were received from Edward F. Rolle, Grand Representa- 
tive near New York. 

" Ponton gave four of the 130 pages of his reviews for his topical 
analytical, alphabetical index. New York appeared under Banks, 
Courage, Faith, Foreign Tongue, Grand Representatives, Gold Stan- 
dard, Humour, Invocation, K. of C, Mark Lodge, Memorials, National 
Conventions, Relay Race, Roll Call, Spicy Language." 

Under District of Columbia a literary touch : — 

"It was Isaac D'Israeli who said: 'Philosophy becomes poetry, and 
science imagination, in the enthusiasm of genius'." 

This from the Review of England : — 

"As we stated before, our English Companions emphasize the pub- 
lication of the names of officials and the Masonic job they hold. 

"The Pro First Grand Principal gave an interesting account of 
his recent visit to Sweden on the occasion of the celebration of the 
Bicentenary Meeting of Lodge Den Nordiska Forsta at Stockholm. 

"On August 7, Lord Ampthill died. Naturally the Proceedings 
of this Convocation gave considerable space to the announcement of 
the death, and eulogies, of the Pro First Grand 1 Principal, who had 
presided over England's Grand Chapter for twenty-seven years. 

"Goldsmith, in the 'Traveller' called England "The land of scholars 
and the nurse of arms.' Might it not be called, 'The Land of Free- 
masons,' from Masonic history as we have read it, and from the names 
of the men of scholarship, title and prominence found in these quarterly 

Illinois, a great Jurisdiction, furnishes great opportunities 
to the Reviewer: — 

"We understand that the State of Illinois is named for the Illini 
tribe of Indians whose name meant 'Men'. To Illini the French added 
their adjective terminal 'ois'. Certainly' the Royal Arch Masons of 
Illinois must be men, when they can carry on with their chins up in 
the face of a staggering .net loss of 8,361. Yet they still have the 
largest membership in the Capitular world, 63,212, in 233 chapters. 
The dimission and suspension figures were astounding. The number 
of deaths, too, was extraordinary but it must be remembered that the 
Prairie State, with the wood violet as its flower, covers a lot of ter- 
rain while its Grand Chapter has a huge roster, so, by and far, per- 
haps these figures were not disproportionate when compared with other 

"In other words cease to be weeping Jeremiahs." 

Iowa is treated graphically but briefly : — 

"Their large volume of Proceedings, brimful of wide-awake ad- 
dresses, reports, resolutions, statistics, reviews, etc. 

"Milton, who wrote, 'Awake, arise, or be forever fall'n!' 
"Let's have the depressing news first and then forget it." 

From the romantic Kentucky Review this verse: — 

"Up! Up! my friend and quit your books. 
Or surely you'll grow double; 
Up! Up! my friend and clear your looks: 
Why all this toil and trouble." 


Briggs is fairly saturated with literary gems. He quotes 
in New Hampshire: — 

"Walter Foss wrote in 'The Coming American': 

"Bring me men to match my mountains, 
Bring me men to match my plains, 
Men with empires in their purpose, 
And new eras in their brains." 

He is also in touch with the classics. Under Oregon we 
read : — 

"Plautus wrote, 'Nothing is more annoying than a tardy friend 1 " 
In Texas Briggs brings us into touch with Demosthenes : — 
"Was it Demosthenes, and he was 'some talker' too, who said, 'As 
a vessel is known by the sound whether it be cracked or not; so men 
are proved, by their speeches whether they be wise or foolish.' After 
perusing those remarkable orations in the Texan volume, there could 
be but one decision — wise." 

Grand Chaplain Broughton delivered a wonderful address 
to Grand Chapter on "The Dimensions of Life". We quote: — 

"I ask you to remember Methusaleh's name, because his life, the 
longest one ever mentioned, was nevertheless in many respects a failure 
because it had only one dimension — Length. There must be other di- 
mensions to make life worth living. The 'something doing,' which gives 
life a zest, always comes in the other dimensions of a man's life- 
Breadth and Height. It all depends a good deal on the man himself. 

"Some men would say that a quiet life, like that of Pasteur, for 
instance, whose discoveries in the field of science have enabled millions 
of people to escape the scourge of disease, had 'nothing doing' in it 
because it had no bustle or noise or excitement. Whereas the truth is, 
of course, that it was one of the most important lives ever lived, in- 
finitely more important than the life of Napoleon. 

"A salesman shot himself in a hotel some years ago. He was 
thirty-six years old, a bachelor, earning a good salary with a reputa- 
tion as a 'good liver' and 'man about town.' He left a note saying he 
was 'tired of the game.' Tired of the game! Why, he was never in 
the game! Living just to himself and spending all his money on him- 
self, that is not the 'game of life'. 

"The question, how broad is your life? is a much more important 
one than how long it is. I know that the lives of all of us are out- 
wardly narrow. The circumstances of our work keep us from roam- 
ing over as broad a territory as we would like. 

"He most lives 
Who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best." 

" 'Friendship' is a top .story with a fine, large view out into other 
lives. 'Home,' when we make it a place of unselfishness and love, is a 
top story where the finest things in life develop and grow, a true place 
of sunlight. 'Books,' 'music,' 'art,' 'wholesome recreation' that gives 
zest and fitness for work. All these are things which lift a man up to 
the best uses of life. How high do you live?" 
"Lead on, King Eternal: 

We follow, not with fears; 

For gladness breaks like morning 

Where'er Thy face appears." 


Charles W. Haentschel of Haileybury must be proud to 
represent such a Grand Jurisdiction as New York. 


Ralph L. Chandler, G.H.P. 

William Ritchie Smith, P.G.H.P., Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Fourteenth Annual opened in ample 
form in Gastonia, March 17th, 1936. 

At this meeting- the Grand Scribe, R. Ex. Luther T. Hart- 
sell, Jr., was elected G.H.P. From his biography he would 
seem to be the right man in the right place. He has a fine 
record. We quote: — 

"Grand High Priest Hartsell is a man of engaging personality 
and of wide interest. One of the youngest men ever to be installed 
Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of North Carolina, he has 
already written his name large on the records of the legal profession 
in his native state, and he has been legal counsel in some of the most 
important litigation which has come before the counts of the State in 
recent years. 

"Youth was ever more aggressive than age. He has served as 
Lieutenant Governor of Kiwanis Clubs, Director of the General Alumni 
Association of the University of North Carolina." 

From the Report of the G.H.P., who speaks approvingly 
of the D.D.G.H.P.'s, saying:— 

"I feel that each of them have done everything possible consider- 
ing local conditions, to improve Capitular conditions in their District." 

As to Chapters generally he says : — 

"I find a few instances where there is plenty of activity for the 
chapter but the officers are not interested or errors were made in their 
selection and in some instances presiding officers were elected against 
their will and consequently nothing has been accomplished in those 

"They were not in a position to confer the degrees creditably. 
This, companions, is a serious situation where we have brethren who 
are seeking 'Further Light in Masonry' and are unable to obtain it. 

"Inasmuch as there are Grand Chapter and Grand Council meet- 
ings I feel that the entire time, so far as possible, should be devoted 
to the business of these organizations, and other groups should be dis- 
couraged in holding their meetings at this same time, which must of 
necessity conflict to a certain extent with the Grand Chapter and Grand 
Council meetings." 

He has committed an important matter to the Juris- 
prudence Committee: — 

"I have asked the Chairman of the Jurisprudence Committee to 
offer amendments to our laws that will permit the consolidation of 
chapters with a minimum of 'red tape'. 

"It is impossible to complete a program during the six or eight 
months of activity, which the average chapter has, as a majority of 
the chapters suspend during the summer months." 


Eight G.H.P.'s were welcomed as well as 0. Frank Hart, 
with the General Grand King of the General Grand Chapter 
and the Grand Master of North Carolina. 

Canada's Grand Representative did not answer roll call. 

Distinguished visitors from Tennessee were welcomed. 

Membership, 3,686. Loss, 329. 

With regard to Companion Randolph the Committee on 
Necrology report feelingly : — 

"Moreover no high-sounding title, and no honour conferred upon 
him by Masonic Orders, could hide the dignity of his manhood and his 
brotherhood. For he was above all things a man and a brother. 

"The life of this Mason, of this man, will remain to us an inspir- 
ation to service. No higher praise could be bestowed upon a Mason or 
a man. Let it be justly bestowed upon him here, as we believe it will 
be bestowed by the all-seeing Father." 

0. Frank Hart gave his usual felicitious greetings. 

The Oxford Loan Fund was reported on at length. The 
fund totals $11,068.00. 

The whole Proceedings are printed and published by the 
Press of the Oxford Orphanage and give credit to the young 
men and women guests. 

There are now about five thousand volumes in the orphan- 
age library. 

There being no Capitular law governing the consolidation 
of Chapters, it was decided to follow the law of Grand Lodge 
until Grand Chapter adopt such a law. 

The Special Ritual Committee report: — 

"We found that there is a demand for a change in the Mark de- 
gree, to restore the 'journey back to the quarries'. 

"The smaller chapters desire a stort form of M. E. M. degree." 

At the election of officers this incident: 

"The feature of the election of officers for the ensuing year was 
the casting of the unanimous vote of the Grand Chapter by R.E. Comp. 
J. Edward Allen for himself as Grand Master of the Second Veil." 

A unique and well-merited compliment. 

W. G. Bandy of Lincolnton is the Grand Representative of 

Edward C. Berkinshaw, of Toronto, an active and esteemed 
member of the fraternity, is the Grand Representative of North 

Membership of anointed High Priests is 399. 


Albert G. Johnson, Grand High Priest. 
Walter L. Stockwell, Grand Secretary. 
From the biography of the G.H.P. we take the following : — 


" 'Al' was born in Sweden, 1871, and hence he comes from fine, 
sturdy stock. Well, 'AP is just that sort — able, honest, citizen all these 
years. He is an expert Craftsman and when we say expert we mean 
just that. In other words he is a Past Master when it comes to un- 
ravelling the intricacies of a lock or any other piece of machinery that 
takes skill and brains to understand. He is an excellent ritualist and 
an indefatigable worker, a diplomat in the handling of men and as 
devoted a friend as one could wish." 

The Forty-seventh Convocation was held in Fargo, Janu- 
ary 21st, 1936. 

Throughout the Proceedings we note the vital touch of 
Grand Secretary Stockwell, which makes even dry and formal 
Proceedings seem vivid and not mere typography. 

General G.H.P. O'Hara, of Toledo, was cordially welcomed. 

Canadian visitors from Manitoba and Saskatchewan were 
received with all honour, and instead of God Save the King 
being sung, a fervent prayer of sympathy because of the recent 
death of King George V. was uttered. 

Nine P.G.H.P.'s were received at the altar. 

"This is not a large body, neither are we crowded for time. Both 
of these conditions enhance the value of our associations together. 
Don't hold back. Get in the spirit of this Convocation. Become ac- 
quainted not only with the companion next to you, but greet every on* 1 
here. The utmost spirit of fraternal good will prevails and we want 
you all to share it. You are thrice welcome." 

No less than three P.G.H.P.'s had passed during the year. 

J. Alfred Burnett was appointed Grand Representative of 
North Dakota, and Guy R. Van Sickle is the Grand Representa- 
tive of Canada and was duly present. 

Further quotations from the G.H.P.'s address are as fol- 
lows: — 

"Owing to the death of M.E, Camp. George Guthrie who had 
been for nearly twenty years our Fraternal Correspondent, I have asked 
M.E. Comp. Walter H. Murfin to prepare a brief review. 

"Things don't run themselves any more. It takes thought and 
effort to arouse and maintain interest and enthusiasm. The chapter 
which does nothing, cannot complain if interest is at low ebb. 'Me must 
be up and doing.' 

"This means that you and your officers, the Grand Officers and 
myself have to be more diligent and resourceful. 

"Make plans and then work our plans. 

"Nothing will go of itself unless it be an avalanche and that 
means destruction. 

"Manitoba at Winnipeg. It is needless to say that we were re- 
ceived with every courtesy and shown generous hospitality. These 
companions of Manitoba are an excellent group of men and Masons 
and it is fine that we can fraternize so frequently with them. Uncon- 
sciously it contributes to International Good Will and that means much 
in these troublesome times. To have Americas united in a resolve to 
maintain peace is a tremendous asset. 


"I think no Royal Arch event in the history of this Jurisdiction 
has ever approached in quality and magnitude this International Con- 
vocation. It developed into huge proportions. 

Masonic Island. 

"As you all know 1 am deeply interested in the development of thsi 

fine piece of North Dakota 'Out-of-doors,' now the property of the 

Masons of this state. I appreciate my membership on its governing 

board, and have given time, thought and money to its administration. 

Erected and Presented 


Deloraine Lodge, No. 40, 

A. F. & A. M., July, 1935. 

"I can hand the gavel to my successor with a clear conscience. 

Within my physical strength I have tried to serve you with freedom, 

fervency and zeal. 

"The Grand Chapter stood at ease during the reception of a Com- 
mittee from the Grand Chapter O.E.S. Past Grand Patrons, O.E.S., 
acted as escort to Mrs. Minnie E. Rusk, Grand Secretary." 

From the Grand Secretary's Report the following- : — 

"There are some lines from the poet Bryant which read: 
"Truth crushed to earth shall rise again; 
The eternal years of God are less; 
But error, wounded, writhes in pain, 
And dies among his worshippers." 

"Nothing is accomplished now without greater effort than in for- 
mer days. Ask any business man about sales effort. He'll tell you 
that the only thing that counts is ever increasing effort. We are hold- 
ing our lines. The thing to do is to dig." 

Membership, 2,366. Net loss, 274. 

The Report concludes thus : — 

"We recognize that the changes in the past 25 years are little short 
of revolutionary, but no enduring society or civilization can be built 
upon any other foundation than that upon which our Masonic Frater- 
nity is builded. Let us accept the changes in methods but never aban- 
don the principles," 

The Educational Foundation thrives, $1,600 being outstand- 
ing in student loans, the total resources amounting to over 


M.E. Comp. Yorke said in his address: — 

"Freemasonry sounds the finest keynote found outside the Church. 
There is need of a better citizenship." 

From the Necrology Report the following : — 
"May we suggest that every lesson of our Capitular Rite points 
to the idea of stewardship and trusteeship. The weary sojourners from 
Babylonish captivity wished only to have a part in the great work." 
The Committee on the Good of the Order admonishes : — 
"Include every one in your plans. Go to work. Never quit work- 
ing. This will bring results." 

James E. Turner was elected G.H.P. 


The following is out of the ordinary and therefore interest- 
ing: "Monkey Wrench Gang" 

"This novel organization functions not within the Grand Chapter 
R.A.M., but it is of that organization. Its purpose is to inject into 
what might otherwise be an overly serious meeting or merely a dull 
routine, something of a light and humorous nature. It is largely the 
creation of the fertile brain and nimble wit of Walter H. Murfin." 

Walter H. Murfin, P.G.H.P., strikes a new note and adopts 
a new form in succeeding Companion E. George Guthrie. 
We quote: — 

"E. George, himself, had given thought to the problem and before 
his passing penned these words as his introduction to the report he 
expected to write. They are his last words for us: 

" 'Let us not get away from our ancient grounded principles too 
far, there is no necessity for our Order to compete with service clubs 
in the way of providing attractions, we should adhere and not deviate 
from our established standards of foundation — Brotherhood. 

" 'Shortly we shall find many growlings about the ritual, what- 
ever 'the ritual' may be in any Grand Chapter. These growlings will 
mean that much work is being done and the companions are thinking 
about how to make things more effective. When that's going on, the 
cause is safe.' 

"There are still some one-man Chapters. In the cases where the 
chapters are being held together by that one-man, we deeply appre- 
ciate it and want to thank him. But it is a bad condition. 

"We had a ritualistic spree during those years, in which we did 
nothing but confer degrees. We forgot to instruct the candidate in 
the moral and spiritual meaning of those degrees. The thinking 

grasped the idea, saw the opportunity they had to become more useful 
citizens, and guided by the tenets and principles of freemasonry, they 
are with us to-day. 

"Eating a chicken dinner and listening to an after-dinner speech 
that, so far as being a Masonic talk was concered, compared very fav- 
ourably with Josh Billings celebrated lecture on 'Milk,' when he would 
bring out a glass of milk, set it on a pedestal and say, 'Cream is the 
best thing I know on milk,' and never say another word about milk, 
butter or buttermilk for the next hour and a half. 

"Control your Chapter's destiny. But, as has often been said, 'The 
best remedy for all the evils of the world is work.' 

" 'Taking in' is a phrase which completely covers the situation. 
As the Grand Orator of Ilinois said: 'When the degrees were being 
conferred, it was not another brother in Masonry entering our doors, 
but another fee on its way to the secretary's desk.' 
"Going To The Dogs" 
"Myi grandpa notes the world's worn cogs, 
And says we're going to the dogs; 
His grandad, in his house of logs, 
Swore things were going to the dogs; 
His dad, among his Flemish bogs, 
Vowed things were going to the dogs; 
The caveman, in his queer skin togs, 
Said things were going to the dogs. 
But this is what I wish to state — 
The dogs have had an awful wait." 


J. Alfred Burnett, of Toronto, is the new Grand Representa- 
tive of North Dakota. 

The Grand Council of Royal and Select Masons held their 
Annual Assembly and their Proceedings are published with 
those of the Chapter, Albert G. Tverberg being the Grand 

Of the late Comp. Guthrie, their First Grand Master, it is 
recorded : — 

"Comp. Guthrie presided. His good humour and ready wit, dis- 
pelling the unconscious but ominous forebodings that to be a Masonic 
veteran, one has usually passed the meridian of life and that the 
western horizon will soon glow from another setting sun, eventually 
betokening the dissolution of our own earthly tabernacle." 

The Council is represented by our own M. Ex. Comp. Edwin 
Smith, of Toronto. 


Rev. Herbert Leonard Haslam, G.H.P. 

Brenton F. Porter, Grand Secretary. 

John W. Logan, Grand Secretary-elect. 

Reginald V. Harris, Grand Archivist. 

The Sixty-seventh Annual of Nova Scotia with Jurisdiction 
over Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland, was held at 
Halifax the 9th of June, 1936. 

Nine P.G.H.P.'s reported for duty and honour. 

The reading of the minutes was dispensed with on the new 
ground that on the assurance of the G.H.P. that the minutes' 
have been properly reported. We suggest that the G.H.P. has 
already sufficient responsibilities without this being added. 

The Rev. Herbert Leonard Haslam, M.A., is a graduate of 
Harbord Collegiate and the University of Toronto, and of 
King's College and Wy cliff e. His portrait is striking and im- 

The Most Eminent Supreme Grand Master of Knights 
Templar and Deputy R. V. Harris were received and wel- 

W. Kemp was introduced by Brother MacKay in a manner 
befitting a native of the "Garden of the Gulf where also, 
G.H.P. Haslam sprang. 

Letters were received from T. V. Bingay, of Toronto, and 
from Companions McKee, of Pennsylvania, and Dr. Brown, of 

From the G.H.P.'s in every way worthy address we make 
the following citations : — 

"The Grand Convocation should be to us a mountain-top of inspir- 


ation from whence we go back to our various sections filled with en- 
thusiasm for our Royal Craft. May it be our endeavour to make it so. 

"The year which has elapsed since our last Grand Convocation 
has been a memorable one. The passing of his Gracious Majesty, 
King George V, plunged the (British Commonwealth of Nations into 
deep sorrow, and called forth condolences. 

"Because of this close contact with his subjects, and his love for 
them all, — as he expressed in his Christmas message, — 'It is this personal 
link between me and my people which I value more than I can say.' 

"It binds us together in our common joys and 1 sorrows, 'the indi- 
vidual learned to think of his Majesty as HIS King.' Never before 
had the throne of England been more 'Broad-based upon the peoples' 

"Ritual. In the hands of a capable revision committee, I am sure 
that improvements could be made which would make for elucidation. 
The Royal Arch degree is a long one, and I am doubtful whether it is 
conducive to the true apprehension of the lessons which it has to con- 

"During the year, I was able to make contact with all the chapters 
of the Jurisdiction with the one exception of Chedabucto. 

"During the year it has been my happy privilege to emphasize the 
spiritual character of Royal Arch Masonry. I lhave done this because 
I believe that in catching its essential meaning, Masonry becomes a 
sublimer element in our lives, a greater challenge to all that is best 
within us, and am incentive to shape our lives according to its tenets. 
Masonry is concerned with life, every-day life. Its goal is to shape us 
as living stones for that house not made with hands eternal in the 
heavens. From an Entered Apprentice to a Royal Arch Mason we are 
taken through the various stages of life." 

"For as the tired waves, vainly breaking, 
Seem here no painful inch to gain, 
Far back, through creeks and inlets making, 
Comes silent, flooding in, the main. 

And not by eastern windows only, 

When daylight comes, comes in the light, 

In front the sun climbs slow, how slowly! 
But westward, look, the land is bright." 

The Committee on the G.H.P.'s address say that they are 
grateful for his year of service and that his eloquent addresses 
have been masterpieces. 

It will be noted that the nomenclature of the Officers fol- 
lows the American fashion. 

Twenty-two High Priests were elected. 

Membership — 1,770 — back where it was eighteen years ago, 
but what a vastly different outlook. 

Brenton F. Porter, veteran Grand Secretary, was honoured 
with the Past rank of G.H.P., and he will retire on an allow- 
ance of $400.00 annually. 

George S. Wright duly represented Canada. 

Twenty histories of Chapters have been prepared. 


The G.H.P. was re-elected. 

John W. Logan was elected Grand Secretary. 

These verses are quoted in the In Memoriam pages : 

"But ever near, as though unseen, 
Their bright immortal spirits tread, 
For all the universe is life — 
There are no dead." 

"Thy word is true, 
Thy will is just; 
To Thee we leave them, 
Lord, in trust." 

We note that M. Ex. Comp. John A. Rowland holds Honor- 
ary Rank. 

M. Ex. Comp. George Moore, who has a genius for making 
and keeping friendships, is Grand Representative of Nova 


Roscoe R. Walcutt, Grand High Priest. 

Mont. C. Hambright, Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Nineteenth Annual Grand Con- 
vocation was held in Columbus, October 2nd, 1935. 

Eighteen out of nineteen Past Grand High Priests were 
duly in attendance, including William T. S. O'Hara, General 
G.H.P., a fine array of honoured Companions. 

Grand Chaplain Fessenden offered the following invoca- 
tion : — 

"Our Heavenly Father, vouchsafe unto us in these confused and 
inveterate times discretionary powers and clear discernment that we 
may see aright and act accordingly. Let no fog cloud our thinking and 
no vain and foolish philosophy disturb our balance. Give to us a sure 
sense, a certain touch, a careful and well ordered skill and an unshaken 

"The acid test of history, reason and experience. May we be no 
mere time-savers, no dull and listless workers, no perfunctory per- 
formers, but men and companions in whose hearts the ancient and un- 
ceasing fires burn, men whose very pulses throb with 'the power of 
truth and the glory of service. Save us, from sordid bondage to self 
and selfish pursuits. Broaden and deepen all the channels of our 

Distinguished guests from Ohio, Connecticut, Kentucky, 
New York, Pennsylvania and General Grand Chapter were wel- 
comed and honoured. 

The General G.H.P. in acknowledging greetings said: — 

"Your wonderful administration of the affairs of the Grand Chapter 
of Ohio are known not only in Ohio, and most highly appreciated, but 
beyond the confines of the Buckeye State. I am sure that you have 


recognized one thing that Freemasonry has a need for, which briefly 
stated, is to set the Craft to work and give them proper instructions. 
That is the greatest need to-day in the United States. 

"We shall come back again in that prosperity which I hope will 
be real and permanent, and which is based on the reception of the 
men into the Order because of real manhood and worthiness." 

From the address of welcome of the Columbus Companions 
we quote: — 

"I found a very interesting further note, and that is that the 
candidate was expected to notify all Royal Arch Masons within six- 
teen miles of Marietta at his own expense. It might be some task for 
candidates now to notify all the Royal Arch Masons within sixteen 
miles of the public square in the City of Cleveland or Broad and High 
in the City of Columbus of <the fact he was to be given the degrees. 

"The eleventh toast was to the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of the 
State of Ohio — 'The repository of our mysteries, truth crowns our 
Royal Arch.' That seems to be the theme, 'Truth has crowned our 
Royal Arch over tbese years'." 

The D.G.H.P. responded:— 

"Some time ago I inquired of one of the very distinguished com- 
panions who sits near me relative to the duties of the Deputy Grand 
High Priest. And this is the answer that he gave me, very quickly amd 
I thought with some perhaps too much, feeling. He said, 'To respond 
to the address of welcome and then be as dignified as it is possible for 
you to be." 

The G.H.P. made an excellent address: — 

"And through it all the voices of false prophets with incessant 
clamor vex the ear in marketplace and temple with the house of the 

"The grass withereth; the flower fadeth; but the word of our 
God endureth forever. 

"In the light of this faith I welcome you. 

"One of the most successful ways in which to advance the cause 
of Capitular Masonry is to interest officers of Symbolic Lodges in the 
great Masonic truths contained in our degrees. It is my belief that 
no man should serve as Master of his lodge unless he has had the 
secret of a Master Mason as he finds it in the Royal Arch Degree. No 
chapter should be content so long as one Master or Warden in its 
jurisdiction has not received the lessons of Royal Arch Masonry. 

"He was a friend of truth, of soul sincere; 
In action faithful, and in honour clear, 
Who broke no promises, served no private ends, 
Sought no title and forsook no friends." 

Lack of provision for Life Membership having regard to 
the future, is deplored. 

A dispensation to hold a joint Installation with the Eastern 
Star and a Dispensation to hold a Chapter out of doors, were 
refused on the ground that such procedure is unnecessary, un- 
desirable and illegal. 


Several decisions were given : — 

"The Code of the Grand Chapter being silent on the subject, the 
Code of the Grand Lodge controls, and a dimitted member of a chapter 
may re-affiliate with his former Chapter within three years, and peti- 
tion and three-fourths vote." 

Much attention is paid to the rendition of Ritual: — 
"The Ritual of a Foreign Jurisdiction with which we are on 
fraternal relations, is contrary to the best interests of Masonry within 
the Grand Jurisdiction of Ohio. 

"The primary purpose of this legislation is to prevent the unauth- 
orized exemplification of a Ritual by individuals belonging to Chap- 
ters in other Grand Jurisdictions, within Ohio Chapters, and not to 
prevent the exchange of fraternal courtesies." 

The Ohio Masonic Home is dear to the hearts of the Com- 
panions as well as to Craft Masonry. It is an outstanding 
feature of Ohio. The inmates of the Masonic Home are aged 
as follows: — 

"235 men average age 72 years 
158 women, average age 72 years 
107 boys, average age 11 years 
80 girls, average age 11 years" 

Definite progress at the Home sponsored by the Grand 
Chapter, is recommended. 

The G.H.P. thus concludes :— 

"Royal Arch Masonry is not a social order, though it values its con- 
tacts with men ; it returns to its members far more than it receives from 
them ; it is not a charitable order simply, though it ministers to the help- 
less and the unfortunate and the sorrowing. 

"Lord, thou has been our dwelling place in all generations." 

Membership, 55,403. Net loss, 5,175. 
Henry Grue faithfully represented Canada. 
Necrologist and Grand Chaplain Fessenden quoted : — 

"When souls go down to the sea by ship, 

And the dark) ship's name is Death, 
Why mourn and wail at the vanishing sail? 
Though outward bound, God's world is round, 

And only a ship is Death." 

And in his invocation : — 

"Widen our view. Expand our natures and thus save us from little- 
ness, folly, futility, selfishness and trivial pursuits." 

Franz K. Hall was elected G.H.P. 

Of "The New Age" the following:— 

"The New Age it may be explained is the monthly magazine pub- 
lished by the Supreme Council Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite 33° 
S. J., long known as one of the eminent Masonic journals of America." 

$400.00 is paid the Foreign Correspondent and he well 
merits and earns it. 


G.H.P. Hanby, of Pennsylvania, said: — 

"To some of his friends at his boarding house, and his boarding mis- 
tress was serving. After the meal was over he said to her, 'You know 
I believe every seven hundredth year is the great platonic year, when 
everything returns to its former condition. ' Now he said, 'I do not have 
the money to pay you for this dinner. Will it be all right if I keep it in 
mind and seven hundred years from now when we are gathered around 
here as we are tonight, I will pay you for it.' She said, 'Yes, that is per- 
fectly all right, but I remember seven hundred years ago you told me the 
same thing. Now, if you will just pay for that dinner you owed seven 
hundred years ago I will gladly trust for you for this.' 

''But, Companions, we are, I think, over the brink of may I say 

This from the speech of the G.H.P. of Kentucky : — 

"I come among you this morning a stranger, but I feel sure that 
I will go home a friend. 

"We each of us carry? a torch. We each of us bear in our hand a 
lighted torch. 

"An elderly gentleman walking down the street met youngster. He 
put his hand on his head and said, 'My boy, what is the politics in your 
family?' The youngster shifted from one foot to the other and back 
again, but finally he said, 'Well, Mister, I will tell you how it is. Pa 
is a Democrat. Ma is a Republican. The cow is dry. The baby wet. The 
dog's a Socialist and howls all night." 

This from the Grand Commander Knights Templar: — 

"I bring to you the felicitations of the Grand Commandery. That 
means that one arm of Masonry shakes hands with the other arm, and 
says, 'Thank heaven, we are here.' 

"So we have just got to roll up our sleeves and make good again. 
We have been sagging a little bit all of us." 

Finally we quote from General G.H.P. O'Hara: — 

"In uplifting the level of mankind, know that Royal Arch Masonry 
is founded upon principles eternal and everlasting, and that their Mas- 
onry is a never-changing institution in an ever-changing world. 

"Just a little while ago I heard this little gem: 'Freemasonry is 
the quiet and restful, the intellectual home of the average man of good 
will and common sense.' It is the average man in the world of motion, 
a world of purposeful progress. Men who have discovered one another. 
Get that strong point ini it.' 

"Men who have discovered that the brotherhood of man depends 
and rests upon the manhood in the brother. Have you made careful 
selection and are you certain in his manhood? If you have the major 
result will be that your Bodies, like Freemasonry itself, are thoroughly 
and perpetually established in your communities." 

P.G.H.P. Collins said:— 

"First, a clear conscience which very few of us can honestly claim. 
Second, tolerance which is defined as a recognition of the rights of 
others, particularly in reference to religion;. The third attribute is an 
understanding heart, which leads us to a silent appreciation of those 
situations in which others find themselves. Fourth, a desire to do good, 
which to my mind is inherent in all. The fifth and all inclusive attri- 
bute is a faith in God." 


These verses we quote: — 

"I know that right is right; that it is not good to lie; 
That love is better than spite, and a neighbour thaw a spy; 
I know that passion needs the leash of a sober mind; 
I know that generous deeds some sure reward will find; 

That the rulers must obey; that the givers shall increase; 
That duty lights the way for the beautiful feet of peace; 
In the darkest might of the year, when the stars have all gone out, 
That courage is better than fear, that faith is better than doubt." 

Comp. Fessenden spoke thus: — 

"I am speaking upon this particular subject, 'Masonry in a Day 
Like This/ 

"Mr. Frederick W. Boreham, one of the greatest essayists of our 
day, an Australian preacher, in one of his very impressive essays, 
in speaking about the subject of disillusionment and the disillusion- 
ment that comes to men in life and oftentimes works ruin, illustrates 
this matter of disillusionment by drawing the picture of the little girl 
in the family who has come to the first day when she now knows that 
the doll which she has loved with as much personal affection as the 
personal affection of her mother for herself, the doll that she has 
carried in her beating little heart, has now become nothing but a soiled 
rag in her hand and a pile of sawdust at her feet on the floor. Mr. 
Boreham says that is one of the most critical hours in the life of this 
little girl, because in that hour a painful philosophy of life is born. 

"Yet to-night a great portion of this world of ours is trembling 
upon the brink of that dark horror that we know as war, which de- 
vastates everything from Heaven! down. 

"Now, this is a day of disillusionment. It is a tragic thing when 
a world goes to pieces as our world has gone to pieces and leaves its 
people as we have been left. But I know they know something about 
how people feel and how things affect people, still I take it that is a 
hopeful sign whenl a 'President of the United States, who had to busy 
himself almost absolutely with the material conditions of affairs, turns 
at last to the men who are supposed to be able to give spiritual in- 
spiration to people and wants to know what there is back of money, 
back of a returned commercialism, back of a restored finance, back of 
great industry, upon which we must depend, asking also concerning 
spiritual power, moral power, the man and the womanhood that lies 
back of everything and without Which nothing is of any value. He 
wants to know what there is that we can draw upon to help solve the 
problems of this country that has been tottering on and on down 
through these weary years at such terrible cost. 

"I think the ministers of this country are going to tell the Presi- 
dent something. 

"The next thing I want to say about it is that Masonry in a day 
like this provides some great final things. It seems to be a kind of 

"Take the primary colours. When I went to school, there were 
seven. Now they have them reduced to three, and some say the next 
generation will have them down to one, will have thm all run . 

"Take the notes of music. I can't play a single instrument and I 
can't sing, but I have been told there are eight notes of music, and 


from the time the morning stars sang together at the dawn of this 
world until this world shall fold up and become a part of eternity." 

"The old mam answered, 'Massa, to tell you the truth, I was just 
out here serenading my own soul.' That from a coloured man, born in 
slavery; no gates of life's opportunity had ever opened out before him! 
Yet he had discovered that the principal thing of value in this world 
is the soul of a man worthy of a serenade by himself." 

Our own Edwin Smith, Grand Scribe E. and Past Grand Z. 
of our Grand Chapter, is the Grand Representative of Ohio. 

Carl W. Sperling again edits or creates the Capitular Re- 
view for the fifth time, saying in his introduction : — 

"A proper conduct on our part will convince mankind that Masonry 
offers something not to be found in any other organization, and as an 
aid to prove the truth of this assertion, we should not cheapen the 
fraternity by reducing fees for degrees, mior by careless selection of 
applicants far membership. Look for Quality, and forget Quantity. 
What we need now, is not so much the wail of the saxophone in the 
evening, but rather the blare of the bugle in the morning. 'Let's go, 

Canada at Kitchener is reviewed with a friendly touch. He 
pays special tribute to the comments of Grand Z. Cowan under 
"Changing Conditions" saying and commenting "how true 
this rings": — 

"I firmly believe that the world will never be righted and! its appar- 
ent wrongs adjusted until our churches are crowded on the Sabbath 
day as our houses of entertinment are during the week. 

"And from the report on Condition of Capitular Masonry in the 
far-flung battle line of the Yukon, we read these lines, 'The chapter is 
in good financial condition and has weathered the worst of the storm. 
Greater interest and more earnest endeavour may be expected. 

"He praises the report of the Condition of Capitular Masonry: 

"Comp. Ponton again writes the Correspondence Reports and pre- 
sents a job well done." 

A verse from the Iowa Review : — 

"The world is what you make it, 
Then make it bright and true; 
And when you see it's gloomy, 

It isn't the world, IT'S YOU." 


Edward M. Washington, G.H.P. 

James A. Lathim, Grand Secretary. 

The Forty-seventh Annual Convocation was held at Okla- 
homa City, April 21, 1936. 

A Chapter of Royal Arch Masons was opened by Cyrus 
Chapter to whom the G.H.P. and Grand Officers were intro- 
duced and were received and welcomed with appropriate 


The Grand Master of the Grand Lodge and other visitors 
were honoured. 

Canada was represented by her Grand Representative, 
William Noble. Proceedings began with his admonition: — 

"Grand High Priest: 'Companions, during the sessions of this 
Grand Chapter you will please refrain from whispering on the side- 

From the address of the G.H.P. the following : — 

"As the years come and go our love and friendship deepened into 
a more perfect union and we trust that those who are here for the first 
time may enter into that spirit, realizing that the distinguishing char- 
acteristics of our society are eZal, Fidelity nad Affection. 

"Surely we can explain as the Psalmist of old, 'For He is good, 
for His Mercy endureth forever.' 

"The Grand Secretary's report will show that 122 of our com- 
panions and many hundreds from other Grand Jurisdictions have obeyed 
the final summons and this afternoon a joint memorial service will be 
held where suitable honour will be paid to those who have gone to their 
Eternal Home." 

A feeling reference is made to the death of the late Comp. 
Ira B. Kirkland, whose name is well-known to all of us. 

The History of Masonry has been prepared, which cost 
over $1,800, and a report of many "homeless" R.A.M's was 
read: — 

"There are perhaps over five hundred Royal Arch Masons in Okla- 
homa in cities and communities without a home, on account of their 
chapters surrendering charters. I recommend that the High Priest 
and the Secretary nearest to these place be active and garner into their 
chapters many good companions who are homeless." 

The G.H.P. concluded with this admonition and encour- 
agement : — 

" 'As for me and my chapter, we will do this work as it should 
be done'. 

"I come to the end of my official journey with the hope that others 
more able than myself may plant the Standard of Royal Arch Masonry 
where it can, be seen as a landmark to those who advance in Masonic 

Membership, 6,647. Net loss 422. 

The Committee on Foreign Correspondence, through Comp. 
Eugene Hamilton, proposed: — 

"The Supreme Grand Chapter of England organized a Grand Royal 
Arch Chapter for France; this Grand Chapter, known as the Grande 
Chapitre Royale pour la France, has been working under English 
patronage for more than five years, is regular, supreme and self-gov- 
erning, and is attached, after the English and Scottish custom, to the 
Grande Lodge Nationale Independente et Reguliere pour la France 
and its colonies. 

"The Grand Chapter of Oregon turned from a consideration, of a 
ritualistic change to sever relations with the Scottish Grand Chapter. 
New South Wales was to be notified but no advice of the action was 
to be given to the Scotch. 


"At the feast of the Vernal Equinox, the Scotch Companions seemed 
to enjoy themselves in spite of Oregon's ultimatum." 

The Students' Loan Fund shows receipts for interest of 
$2,104, and payments on loans $3,550, evidently a live organi- 

A touching Memorial Service was held, from the records 
of which we quote : — 

"It is for us living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished 
work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. 
It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining 
before us, — that from these honoured dead we take increased devotion 
to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion. 

". . . . after which the Magnificat was sung and the report of the 
Committee on Necrology received. 

"After this, the Nunc Demittis was sung by a choir from Cyrus 
Chapter and Oklahoma City Chapter. 

"... so live and die that others may say of us, as we can trulv 
say of them, 'They served their generation well and have fallen on sleep'." 

Fourteen Past Grand High Priests were present. 

The Triennial Fund had $1,500 to its credit to pay ex- 
penses to General Grand Chapter. 

Ben. H. Frohock was elected G.H.P. 

From the remarks of distinguished visitors we take the 
following: — 

"I want to say this to you. I think that on this very day you 
have written history within the chapter that in the years to come will 
be the means of a growth imi Royal Arch Masonry in this Grand Juris- 
diction that will far exceed that of your own experience. 

"I was very much interested in the resolution for the Vocational 
Building. I think a great step as been taken by this Grand Body by 
offering this building." 

The Secretaries and Recorders' Association duly met with 
profit to themselves. Among the questions asked was the fol- 
lowing: — 

"Should officers advanced several stations and become indifferent 
be dropped from the line?" 

In Memoriam pictures of Ira B. Kirkland and other Most 
Excellent Companions — old treasures of memory. 

Ed. Worth, of Chatham, is the worthy Grand Representa- 
tive of Oklahoma. 


Lloyd L. Scott, Grand High Priest. 
D. Rufus Cheney, Grand Secretary. 

The handsome features of Lloyd L. Scott, G.H.P. , adorn 
the Proceedings. We quote from his biography: — 

"A brilliant ritualist and an ardent worker, Lloyd L. Scott has 
added much to Masonry in both Alaska and Oregon and upon retire- 


ment from the highest office in the gift of the Craft, he will always be 
found in the ranks of the workers." 

The Seventy-sixth Annual opened in ample form in Port- 
land, April 14, 1936. 

A Memorial Service was held in memory of deceased 
G.H.P.'s. The ceremony is thus described : — 

"The Altar was ceremoniously draped and a quartet from the 
Scottish Rite Chorus sang. 

"Grand Secretary called the roll of deceased Past Grand High 
Priests which was accompanied by the tolling of the bell. 

"The Grand High Priest recited an appropriate poem which was 
followed by another song by the quartet. 

"Blest be the memory of these illustrious companions." 

A distinguished visitor from Washington and the Grand 
Master of Oregon and other Representatives were welcomed, 
and the G.H.P. himself was welcomed as Grand Commander 
of K.T. Oregon, described as follows: — 

"The R.E. Grand King, Ernest P. Rands, assumed the East and 
officially received and welcomed our M.E. Grand High Priest as Grand 
Commander of Knights Templar of Oregon, he having been elected to 
that office the day preceding." 

The G.H.P. shows in his message that he is a lover of 
poetry and his address is quite an anthology in itself. We 
quote : — 

"Each link a smile, a laugh, a tear, 
A grip of the hand, a word of cheer, 
Const-aunt as the ages roll 
Bringing closer soul to soul, 
However long and heavy the load. 
Sweet is the journey on friendship's road." 

" 'The trail's end'. The journey through the Grand Chapter is 
ending. The hopes and incidentally the fears of each Annual Convoca- 
tion are just fond memories that will serve to bind me more closely 
to Capitular Masonry." 

"Onward, ever lovely river, 
Softly calling to the sea; 
Time that scars us, 
Maims and mars us, 
Leaves no track or trench on thee." 

"Our friendships may flow down the river of time until they empty 
into the sea of eternal bliss." 

"Chapters who on account of lack of work have not had the 
desired proficiency in the exemplification of the degrees, aiow apply 
themselves assiduously to the careful study of the ritual so that candi- 
dates applying may be able to get from the degrees some part of the 
lessons that they teach. I sometimes think that we make a mistake 
in changing our officers every year. We select an officer who wakes 
interest, does good work and inspires the officers so that they all work 
together and then in order to make some one a Past High Priest, 
select another to preside. We may make another Past High Priest, 


but companions that is all you have made. I see no reason when a 
chapter has a High Priest with all of the above qualifications that he 
should not be re-elected and retained in a position where he can be of 
such value to the Craft. I regret to say that we have other High 
Priests that the sooner we get them through the chairs the better off 
the organization will be. Use the utmost care in selecting your officers 
and secure the best material. This also hold true of the Grand Chapter 

"'Tis the home of the soul 
Where the ages of -splendor 

Eternally roll. 
Where the way-weary 

Traveller reaches his goal 
On the evergreen Mountain of Life." 

"So when a great man dies 
For years beyond our ken 
The light he leaves behind him lies 
Upon the paths of men." 

"Thanks many times, Rufus, for your valuable aid in smoothing 
over the rough places and all your labour in trying to make the bed 
of Grand High Priest a bed of roses. 

"There are other friends 

Whom we chance to meet 
Who prove loyal, staunch, and true; 

Whom we leave with a sigh, 
When we say good-bye. 

Just such friends are you." 

Then came a wonderful address by Gen. G.H.P. O'Hawa, 
differing altogether from the one he gave when he visited 
Canada last year. We quote: — 

"I have been rather puzzled as I have travelled over the country 
at certain expressions used, viz., 'The York Rite bodies will meet.' Now 
that expression seems generaly to mean Chapter, Council and Com- 
mandery. One would think that the Chapter, Council and Commandery 
constituted the whole of the York Rite. Such is not and never was 
the case, as many of your well-informed Masons know. In York Rite 
Freemasonry, the Blue Lodge is the basic body, and upon it and out 
of it are founded and have grown Chapters, Councils and Command- 
eries. You who are active members in your Lodges may have over- 
looked this fact. I do not want anybody to think I am casting any 
aspersions whatever on any other Rite of Masonry. On the contrary, I 
highly esteem and venerate the Scottish Rite. I consider it worthy of 
our best consideration, and there is neither reason nor opportunity for 
any of us to be indifferent to either the York or the Scottish Rite. On 
the contrary, we should consider both as constituting one great Masonic 
family with every member working for the uplift of humanity, both 
ancient systems worthy of our pride, of our loyalty and enthusiasm. 
Neither conflicts with the other. The degrees are not repetitions, as 
some have claimed. They do not know whereof they speak. Is there a 
Mark Master Degree in the Scottish Rite? 

"A character without charity certainly is worthless. 


" 'Philosophy of Freemasonry.' The question was confusing to him. 
and probably wuold be to many. We must never confound success with 
numbers, and ever bear in mind that one of our difficulties has been, 
perhaps, still may be, not enough Freemasonry in the hearts of Free- 
masons. There are many men who cannot become real Masons. They 
are not necessarily bandits; they may ilive honestly, deal justly. 

"Masonry is a vital institution. It is vital to the welfare of man- 
kind. Take it seriously and joyously. It is not a place for gloom. 
There is in it nothing to be gloomy about. 

"In our Capitular Degrees we have many symbols which are seldom 
explained to the candidate. We also have many anachronisms which 
should be corrected. We hear repeatedly the following: 'None can 
hereafter be admitted but the true descendants of the twelve tribes of 
Israel'; also, 'We sprang from that noble family, the Giblemites,' etc. 

"Question: 'Who are you?' 

"Answer: 'We are our own brethren and kindred.' 

"Question: 'But you are not descended from those who basely fled 
when the city and Holy Sanctuary were oppressed? Or of that menial 
tribe who were left behind by the Babylonian general to till the ground?' 

"I call your attention to the rich symbolism of the Capitular De- 
grees in the lectures of the several degrees. 

"The most important symbol of the Mark Master Degree is the 
Keystone, and upon it are based the allegory and philosophy of the de- 
gree, and around it is woven the romance of the degree. 

"This has been clearly shown in the history of civilization. For 
300 years the great Roman Empire rejected the Christian religion and 
then, because of its righteousness, accepted it. The same has been 
true of a great many of the keystones of government, science, and 

"The squares symbolically teach us never to present the work of 
another, claiming it our own. To do so would sureJly mark us as) im- 

"In the Past Master's Degree, self-control is emphasized, and we 
are brought to consider the Biblical passage: 'He who overcometh him- 
self, unto him will I give the power and will make him ruler over 
many.' Te Degree stresses loyalty to God. 

"The spiritualization of the Temple is the first, most prominent, 
and most pervading of all symbolic instructions of Freemasonry. 

"The entrance the Arch with the Keystone, the Arch symbolizing 
unity and strength when joined together with the Keystone. In the 
Holy Place, we note the Seven-Branch Candlestick, the Table of Shew- 
bread, the Altar of Incense, the Table of Holy Vessels and Sacred 
Treasures. The Seven-Branch Candlestick symbolizes to us that the 
Lord is ever with us, and His eye ever upon us. The taper in the 
centre of it represents the sun, through which we are enabled to live 
and enjoy his blessings. 

"Solomon evidently did not bolieve that God dwelt only in the 
House which had been dedicated to Him. Recall the words of his 
prayer: 'Behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain Thee. 
How much less this House which I have built for Thee?' " 

The Committee on Memorials Report: — 

"Milton was wont to say, 'Death is but the golden key that opens 
the door into the Palace of Eternity,' while Henry Ward Beecher said: 
'Death is but the dropping of the flower that the fruit may swell'." 


Leslie M. Scott, a striking resemblance in name to the 
G.H.P., Grand Orator, delivered an outstanding address on 
Masonry and Freedom, with most of which we agree but do 
not think that the Roman Catholics can be held responsible 
for what Mussolini, Hitler and Stalin do and say, rather the 
contrary However we believe that Communism is the worst 
enemy that the Church has. We quote : — 

"You take my house when you do take the prop 
That doth sustain my house ; you take my life 
When you do take the means whereby I live." 

"Hitler, Stailin and Mussolini have taken the prop and means of 
freedom and toleration. 

"In America rises the question, shall constitutional bars to autoc- 
racy and absolutism be repealed? 

"Shall the corrective power of the Supreme Court be abolished? 
Shall the savings of the thrifty be taxed and confiscated to pay the 
prodigal Shall the paterna/1 state supplant the thrifty, God-fearing 
individual? Shall the balance of power of states and nation be upset. 

"Freedom is a luxury of intelligent and well-ordered society. 

"It is a civilized achievement, rather than a primitive night. 

"It springs from order and security. 

"It Should be restrained by a wholesome public opinion, else it runs 
into excesses and abuses, in which privileges are demanded." 

Membership, 5,306. Net loss, 188. Chapters, 50. 

Ernest P. Rands was elected G.H.P. 

Canada's Grand Representative did not respond to Roll 
Call. He has however a good name, John G. Mcintosh of In- 

John G. Gardiner, of Smith's Falls, a wonderful Ritualist 
himself and member of the Benevolence Committee, is the 
Grand Representative of Oregon. 


Albert T. Hanby, Grand High Priest. 
Joseph E. Quinby, Grand Secretary. 

Quarterly Communication was held in Philadelphia, March 
7, 1935. 

Eight Past Grand High Priests were present, all well- 
known names in Masonry. 

Samuel Shaw faithfully represented Canada. 

Membership, 49,154. Net loss, 4,664. 

Bray of Missouri and Bush of Colorado addressed Grand 

Quarterly Communication June 6th, 1935. 

Nine P.G.H.P.'s were present. 


The death of many distinguished Companions was an- 
nounced, including that of Louis Block of Iowa. 

Quarterly Communication held September 5th, 1935. 

Nine Past Grand High Priests were present. 

Samuel Shaw represented Canada. 

20% of dues were returned to Chapters amounting to 
nearly five thousand dollars. 

The death of distinguished Companions was recorded. 

Quarterly Communication held December 5th, 1935. 

Nine Past Grand High Priests were present. 

Grand Chapter was honoured by the presence of distin- 
guished companions from Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New 
York, Connecticut, Vermont, Virginia, District of Columbia, 
New Jersey, Delaware, West Virginia, Grand Master of Penn- 
sylvania and other distinguished Masons. 

Albert T. Hanby was re-elected Grand High Priest. 

Statements in detail of receipts and disbursements were 
received as well as a list of securities including railway stock 
and bonds and industrials, some of which are marked as in 
default as to interest and others as to principal and interest. 

Grand Chapter was addressed by many of the visiting 
companions, including Knights Templar of Pennsylvania. 

The annual Grand Communication was held December 
27th, St. John's Day, 1935. 

Those who had not received the order of High Priesthood 
retired for that ceremony. 

The Grand High Priest in his address states : — 

"Duty of a presiding officer: of any body is to keep its members 
happy. If there is a good spirit existing, there is bound to be an in- 
terest manifested and thereby an activity created for the good of all. 

"The waters through which we have sailed may not have been as 
calm and peaceful as we might have wished, yet Grand Chapter has 
kept an even keel and charted a straight course during the year, and 
remains as a year ago. 

"To many, death is a sad occasion. Personally, I do not view it 
so. We are born to die. 

"While Summer days are long and lonely, 
And Autumn sunshine seems to weep; 
While midnight hours are bleak and lonely, 

And only the stars and clouds their vigils keep." 

Visits were made with the Joshua Association including 
their annual banquet. 

Unless there was a conflict the Grand High Priest accepted 
all the invitations extended to him to visit chapters and a long 
list follows showing the good work well done. 


As to dues, the Grand High Priest states : — 

"The individual also hesitates to put certain of his thoughts in 
writing. There is, therefore, in my opinion only one proper way to 
reach this condition and this is by personal call. 

"Reciprocal love and affection so badly needed everywhere to-day." 

The Committee on Correspondence is composed of five 
members headed by John M. Gore, a veteran reviewer. 
This from the Review of Alberta : — 

"Keep me, God, from growing hard and cold, 
For, oh, I would be young when I grow old." 
"Much better have one strong active Chapter, with live active 
officers who can tell the story intelligently, and really complete the 
Master Mason's instruction." 

Canada is full reviewed in friendly fashion. We make the 
following extract and references: — 

"Distinguished guests from the Grand Chapters of Quebec, New 
Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania (M.E. Comp. Albert T. Hanby, Grand 
High Priest of Pennsylvania). 

"The address of the M.E. Comp. Alexander Cowan, Grand Z., 
while brief, is very interesting, and reveals a busy year. 

"Dispensation requesting permission to consider (application for 
advancement from a Master Mason who lost his hand in the Great 
War. This dispensation to us is a bit foggy. Not to us! 

Not to us! 

"The Committee on Condition made an exhaustive report, which 
we hope will be read by every Canadian in the whole Jurisdiction. We 
believe if the reading of this report was made compulsory on every 
companion in Canada there would not be over $60,000 unpaid dues. No 
matter how eloquent and convincing an article may be, it is useless 
unless it is read. 

"As an appendix there is published 'Rulings of Grand Z's.' This 
is most interesting. Of course we quite agree that no ruling by a 
Grand First Principal is binding on his successor. We in Pennsylvania 
pay a great deal of deference however to such rulings, and very seldom 
find that changing conditions require even a modification or reversal. 

"The whole review is a mine of information carefully gathered 
together from the proceedings of the different Jurisdictions, and all 
compactly arranged and placed before the companions. 

"We are of opinion that no one thing is of more value to a Juris- 
diction than a well prepared review of the proceedings of the other 
Jurisdictions during the past year. This insures the Grand Chapter 
that at least some of its members know what is going on in Capitular 
Masonry in other Jurisdictions. Good ideas are often found in the 
reviews which the different Jurisdictions may use and modify to their 
own particular needs. We certainly think that the Correspondence Re- 
port is worth much more than it costs to publish it. 

"This one which Comp. Ponton has prepared is "a beautiful piece 
of work." 

We quote from the Review of the District of Columbia : — 

"The path of greater Masonic effectiveness lies through the value 
of consolidation. i 


"He lives, of course, in the city of Washington, and we wonder 
whether he has been bitten by the bug reported there so prevalent of 
'regimentation'? Iowa, speaking through its Grand High Priest on 
the same subject says: 'I am convinced that the time has come when 
this Grand Chapter must seriously consider the question of consoli- 

"Subordinate Chapters are expected to maintain their revenues, 
exclusive of fees for degrees, upon a basis adequate to cover all oper- 
ating expenses. 

"With which we most heartily agree." 

In England we read: — 

"Owing to the difference of procedure, and the fact that the Sup- 
reme Grand Chapter is under the guidance and direction of Grand 
Lodge, reviewing is a rather difficult matter." 

This is not quite a correct comment: — 

"Lord Ampthill 'had attained the highest of all greatness on earth, 
the greatness of doing good to others'." 

Scotland with its 559 chapters is well reviewed. We 
quote : — 

"I am a mere tyro in Royal Arch Masonry, but if I have learned 
anything it is this, that on behalf of ourselves it entails the constant 
practice of brotherly love in its truest sense, and it entails a constant 
endeavour to seek after truth and beauty and the inner meaning of 
cur lives on this earth. 

"These are sentiments worthy of one who is a profound student 
of the philosophy of Freemasonry." 

R.Ex. R. J. Reade is recorded as the Grand Representative 
of Pennsylvania. He has presented his credentials. 

We always lay down the Proceedings of the Grand Holy 
Royal Arch Chapter of Pennsylvania with a feeling of great 


Charles O'Neill, Grand First Principal Z. 

W. W. Williamson, Grand Scribe E. 

The Fifty-ninth Annual assembled at Montreal, 25th 
March, 1936. 

Seven Past Grand Z's were present for honour and duty. 

Canada was duly represented by M.Ex. Comp. D. McLel- 

The opening is thus described : — - 

"Comp. Duncan McLellan, Past Grand Principal, having assumed 
the chair, called the Grand Chapter to order, and requested the officers 
to take their stations under their respective banners." 

A letter was read from our own G.Z. expressing regret at 
not being able to attend. 


From the excellent address of the Grand First Principal 
we make the following quotations : — 

"Some of them come from the land of our great neighbour to the 
south. May the stay of these welcome companions in our midst be as 
great a joy to them as it is to us. 

"I would remind the companions, however, that the flesh is often 
weaker than the spirit. 

"Man in general is himself responsible for that condition. 

"In many parts of the world the doctrine of force would appear 
to be gaining ground and the lessons of the past are in danger of being 
forgotten. Prepare to resist aggression. What the future holds in 
store for mankind cannot be known, but the trend of events at th* 1 
present time indicates that it is headed in the wrong direction. 

"The Brotherhod of Man. Those four words embody the whole 
philosophy of the perfect existence, the Raison D'Etre of the whole 
structure of Masonry. 

"We may think that their tasks were not completed, but The Most 
High, in His infinite wisdom, has ordained that the burdens shall be 
placed upon other shoulders. 

"Grand Chapter suffered a severe loss in the passing of M.E. 
Comp. Allan Pearson Shatford, my Predecessor in the office of Grand 
First Principal. I offer the suggestion that the companions in some 
way indicate their reverence to the memory of a great and true Mason 
and Canadian." 

M.Ex. Comp. G. L. Gardiner, our Grand Z., had been 
appointed Grand Representative of Quebec. We could give 
them nothing finer. 

The following is the modest graphic description of Comp. 
O'Neill's visit to Canada : — 

"The Grand Chapter of Canada in Ontario convened in Annua 1 
Convocation at St. Catharines, on February 25th and 26th, and 1 I 
journeyed there to convey the greetings and best wishes of the Grand 
Chapter and Companions of Ontario. The weather was very unsatis- 
factory, but my reception quite the contrary. I was most cordially re- 
ceived by M.Ex. Comp. George L. Gardiner, and the companions gen- 
erally, and spent a day reDlet.p with occurrences and events to think 
about. There was a large attendance of distinguished Companions 
from other Jurisdictions, to whom fitting words of welcome were ad- 
dressed by Comp. Ponton. The proceedings were splendidly conducted 
by Comp. Gardiner. An opportunity was given to me to address a few 
words to the companions, to which they listened with patience and 

He also refers to the Supreme Grand Master of the Sove- 
reign Grand Priory, C. W. Haentschel, his welcome and 
kind remarks. 

Membership, 3,019. Net decrease, 138. 

At the evening session Comps. Francis and Burley of New 
York and Comps. Kenneth Dunstan and C. W. Haentschel 
were introduced, welcomed and spoke. 


The Committee on the State of the Order reported: — 

"The Junior Officers are again reported well skilled and enthusi- 
astic, which augurs well for the forthcoming years. 

"It would seem proper to here suggest that each chapter should 
have a complete inventory, with proper valuation, which might in cer- 
tain cases change the present valuation and amount of insurance car- 
ried. It is noted that the valuations at present vary from $250 to 

The Committee on the Grand Z's address quote: — 
"To our distinguished guests your committee assure them: 
"That thousands of welcomes, they will find here before them; 
And, the oftener they come, the more we'll adore them." 

C. U. Tirrell of Montreal, was elected Grand First Princi- 
pal Resolutions regarding the death of His Majesty King 
George V. were forwarded to the Grand First Principal of 
England : — 

"King Edward VIII will worthily carry out the traditions and tasks 
of Kingship ,so splendidly discharged by his revered father." 

Many of the Chapters still meet before and after the full 

The Fraternal Correspondence is in the capable hands of 
W. J. Edwards, P.G.Z., who says in his Foreword : — 

"Another hopeful sign is seen in the fact that lodges are report- 
ing renewed activity, and this in time should have an influence on our 

"While we encourage our brethren to enter the Chapter, we should 
not overlook the opportunity to seek the reinstatement of those com- 
pelled by circumstances in recent years to drop out.." 

From the Review of California we quote: — 

"We find more than five pages devoted to a 'Definition 
of Masonry' followed by 'Leadership', 'New Deal', 'The New Measur- 
ing Stick' and 'Public Schools Week', etc., all being expressed in clear, 
scholarly language." 

Canada is well and fully reviewed, with many expressions 
of good fellowship, which we appreciate. We quote: — 

"There were 399 delegates from 125 chapters. Five Past Grand 
First Principals were present. Our Grand Representative absent. 

"The procession of distinguished visitors according to the record 
was led by two from Quebec, R.E. Comp. C. U. Tirrel, Grand H., and 
R.E. Comp. W. W. Williamson. 

"At the request of the Grand Z. these guests were made welcome 
by M.Ex. Comp. Ponton. 

"The Grand Z. referred to the loss Grand Chapter sustained in 
the passing of M.E. Comp. E. T. Malone, one of the best known Free- 
masons in Canada. 

"He ruled that a companion cannot hold the office of Scribe E. of 
a chapter and be Grand Superintendent at the same time. A second 
ruling, was that a companion is entitled to his regular summons from 
his Chapter until such time as a charge is laid and his suspension is 
recommended to Grand Chapter. 


"We join with the companions of his Jurisdiction in expressing 
our joy at the recovery of M.Ex. Comp. Smith from his serious illness. 

"Comp. Ponton again submits a masterly Correspondence Report 
with topical index as usual. Nothing of importance escapes his dis- 
cerning eye." 

In the Colorado Review we read : — 

"As he put it, 'The old feeling of 'we cannot' is everywhere giving 
way to 'We can' or 'Let us try'." 

We quote from the Review of England as follows: — 

"Announcement was made that the M.Ex. The First Grand Princi- 
pal had been pleased to sanction the formation of a group of chapters 
in Ceylon, on the petition of the five Royal Arch Chapters in the Island. 

"Fitting tribute was paid Lord Cornwallis by M.Ex. Comp. Curtis, 
declaring: 'He seemed to me to be the embodiment of all that is best 
in English life. From the home which he loved so well to the wider 
sphere of public service and Freemasonry, three endearing qualities 
were always manifest, goodness, unselfishness and a keen interest in 
the young'. In another paragraph he stated, 'From his earliest days to 
the time of his death, no hostile criticism ever stained his fair name, 
and he leaves us a most striking example of what a good Mason should 

"The address was delivered by E. Comp. F. Fighiera on 'The Craft 
Degrees and their relations to the Royal Arch'." 

In the Review of Ohio we read that one chapter rein- 
stated 70 members. Can we not all make a special appeal of 
this kind? 

Under Queensland we read:- — 

"Our Temple — not made with hands — rises slowly — composed of 
thoughts — hopes — prayers — dreams and good actions — directed by 
Truth, cemented by the love of God, irradiated by service and loyalty 
to one another; its builders a league of noble men, bound together in 
the radiant enterprise of working out in time and love the will and 
purpose of the T.A.L.G.M.H." 

The Review closes with Wyoming relating an interesting 
feature regarding the achievement of M.Ex. Comp. Saunders 
as follows: — 

"The four sons after the installation of officers, sprang a surprise 
on their father, by presenting him as a token of love and affection 
from his children and their mother, with the apron appropriate to his 
rank as a Past Grand High Priest, the eldest son being the spokes- 


R. N. F. Quinn, First Grand Principal. 

R. W. T. Kendrick, Grand Scribe E. 

The Regular Biennial Convocation was held in Brisbane, 
the 3rd of April, 1935. 

I am indebted to R.W. Bro. Frank K. Ebbitt of Iroquois 
Falls for a form of Lodge Sorrow Ceremony used at Bris- 
bane, everything being done in a most dignified way. 


For the first time we record that the minutes of the last 
meeting did not go through Grand Chaper without question 
We quote: — 

"Camp. J. S. Laurenson then rose and questioned the accuracy of 
the minutes in some verbal particulars which were not quite as he 
recollected them. 

"Comp. H. L. Kelly also rose to correct the remarks he had made 
at the previous meeting', and which were not recorded quite as he de- 

The amendments were small verbal ones. 

Canada's Representative did not answer roll call. 

The Grand Committee spoke of companions not dying but 
as passing over the border. 

The First Grand Principal said gracefully : — 

"I wish to take this opportunity of extending to the District Grand 
Chapter of Scotland in New South Wales a very hearty greeting, and 
particularly to Ex. Comps. Coles and Wirth, who are with us this even- 
ing. We indeed esteem it an honour." 

The annual Convocation was held in Brisbane, 2nd Octo- 
ber, 1935. 

Comp. Kelly with true Irish persistency contended that 
minutes should be supplied to all members in sufficient time 
to enable them to peruse and attest their accuracy. 

From he address of the Grand First Principal Quinn w« 
quote : — 

"To-day the curtain falls on another year of effort and earnest 
endeavour; to-morrow the stage is set for a further period of work 
and we hope, progress — 'how shall we play our part? Past deeds amd 
words are beyond recall, but they will serve as a guide and influence. 
The past is dead, but to-day is ours, the day of opportunity; let us 
apply the time to the accomplishment of things both great and good. 

"Our task has become increasingly difficult by the attitude of cer- 
tain peoples who vindictively oppose the promulgation of the principles 
of our Order, and oppress those who desire to be free. 

"An Order which knows no barrier of class or creed, country or 
clime, and as the melody of our beautiful ceremonies strikes our ears, 
thoughts of the world and its failings fade away, and for a moment 
we hear the language of the soul." 

A direct result of this general appeal to all that is best 
within their hearts. 

One of the great attractions of our Order is to be associ- 
ated with men actuated by a high code of ethics and morality, 
who subordinate self for the general good, strengthen the 
bonds of Friendship, exalt Justice, Liberty and Goodwill: — 

"The individual owes an allegiance to humanity. We have thp 

"Friendship is the great constructive power; where it prevails, 
there we have kindness, justice, and freedom — it is the solvent of all 
misunderstandings and difficulties and establishes peace on a sure foun- 


Canada was duly represented by J. C. Knox. 

Some companions in Queensland appear to be in an ob- 
jecting mood. They were asking for the financial statement to 
be returned to the Grand Committee to be resubmitted for 
the next half yearly convocation. 

The report of the Grand Inspector of Workings was re- 
ceived with satisfaction. 

Comp R. N. F. Quinn was re-elected. 

In commenting upon the amendment proposed to the Book 
of Constitution, Comp. Wood said: — 

"Very few really could afford the sum of five guineas to expend 
for this purpose. It is very [hard to ask a brother in the Craft, and 
knowing the circumstances in which he is placed, to become a member 
of the Royal Arch when one is aware all the time that he is mot in a 
position to afford that sum. We have all suffered, whilst actually mat- 
ters and conditions nave really altered and improved throughout the 
whole of this state. 

"It is wrong for any chapter to exist on moneys that may be re- 
ceived from fees; it should be kept going and vitalised from the annual 
contributions only." 

Membership, 2,900. 

J. Boyd is the worthy Grand Representative of Queens- 


Judge E. R. Wylie, Grand Z. 

F. B. Reilly, Grand Scribe E. 

The Thirteenth Annual Convocation was held in the 
Masonic Temple, Regina, February 26, 1936. 

The title page is a replica of the seal of the Grand Chap- 
ter with the Latin motto "Agendo Spectemur". 

A very pleasing introduction by way of biography is con- 
tributed by "F.B.R." from which we take the following ex- 
tracts : — 

"In 1914 he was appointed District Court Judge of the judicial 
District of Estevan, a position, he has filled with credit ever since. H> 
has served on several important Judicial Commissions. 

"Outside the serious affairs of life the Judge is good company, an 
interesting conversationalist, of kindly and cheerful disposition." 

Seven Past Grand Z's graced the Grand East, among them 
judges and doctors. 

Guests from North Dakota, Manitoba, Alberta and British 
Columbia were accorded Grand Honours. 

Canada's Grand Representative did not answer Roll Call. 

From the address of the Grand Z. we take the following: — 

"From the reports of our Officers and Committees on the various 
phases of our work, we expect to receive a true picture of the develop- 


ments of Royal Arch Masonry; in this Grand jurisdiction and of its 
status at the present time. 

"King Edward VIII — in him we have a king who, like his beloved 
father before him, reigns in the hearts and affections of his people and 
not a Dictator who rules over their lives and fortunes with a sword." 

Among his Rulings the following: — 

"An amended by-law of that Chapter dealing with life membership 
was binding on every member who had not applied for and received his 
life membership in accordance with the provisions of the old by-law 
before the amended by-law came into force." 

This from the Report of the Grand H. on visiting Mani- 
toba : — 

"Particularly stressed by M.Ex. Comp. Irwin, the relation being 
characterized by him as that of "Twinship'." 

A letter from our own Edwin Smith was welcomed. 

Membership, 2,028. Net loss, 62 

The Report of Fraternal Correspondence was signed by 
Francis B. Reilly, H. M. P. de Roche and W. J. Smith, who 
state : — 

"Losses in membership continue but we notice a new spirit arising, 
belts are being tightened up, and our leaders are determined to repair 
the losses by a more enlightened membership." 

A synopsis of the address of Dr. iStapleford, of Regina, is 
given : — 

"Masonry grows and thrives best in the garden of freedom. Ty- 
rants and dictators have rarely been the friends of Masonry. 

"Europe has a population of some 465 millions of people. Unfor- 
tunately personal and political freedom do not now exist among half 
of these people. All political parties have been crushed out. As Musso- 
lini put it in one of his addresses, 'All parties must end, must fall. I 
want to see a panorama of ruins about me, the ruins of all other poli- 
tical forces so that Fascism may stand alone, gigantic and dominant'. 
On another occasion he said, 'I have buried the putrid corpse of liberty'. 

"Fascism stands for war. It preaches war first. 

"Has Masonry any distinct responsibility im the present situation? 
Masonry is strong in Canada, in the United States and in Great 
Britain. Could not Masonry prove to be an anchor to windward in 
the storms and stresses of today? 

"If that ideal of brotherhod is lost to the race then stark rum 
awaits our civilization." 

The death of thirty-three companions during the year is 
regretfully reported and this verse quoted, including an ex- 
pression of sympathy to Judge de Roche on account of the re- 
cent death of Mrs. de Roche : — 

"Servant of God, well done, 
Rest from thy loved employ, 
The battle fought, the victory won, 
Enter Thy Master's joy." 


Under Research the following: — 

"Is it not expressed in oine of our Masonic degrees that one of the 
first duties to God is a knowledge of ourselves? May we express our 
belief that another important duty to our Craft especially, is a knowl- 
edge of the symbolism of our degrees." 

F. E. Doull was elected and installed Grand Z. He ap- 
pointed R.Ex. Comp Riach Grand Historian. 

Dr. Arthur S. Gorrell, of Regina, is the Grand Representa- 
tive of Canada, and Arthur F. Webster is recorded as the 
worthy Grand Representative of Saskatchewan. 

Among the approved Rulings the following : — 

"The title 'Excellent' is only applies to the three Principals in Office 
and to him who has passed the First Principal's chair. A Second or 
Third Principal who fails to attain, the latter rank reverts to the posi- 
tion of an ordinary companion and must abandon the wearing of the 
distinctive regalia of a Principal." 

"Some of the Lessons of the Royal Arch" is one of the 
reprints of the address during the year by H. T. Kempton. 
We quote: — 

"In doing so, they build up a structure in which increased effort 
and loyalty, very important assets to any company, prevail. 

"Our imagination is captivated by the thought that service is so 
much in the minds of capital and labour to-day, and the presence of 
service clubs in our towns and cities tend to give the impression that 
it is a 20th century development. 

"Then we are taught the necessity of Faith and Trust. We are 
reminded of God's presence and his willingness to help." 

Francis B. Reilly reviews many Jurisdictions briefly and 
succinctly We quote from his British Columbia Review: — 

"Anything that leads to better understanding between the two 
great Anglo-Saxon-Celtic nations is worth while." 

Canada at Kitchener is reviewed in friendly and fraternal 
fashion. We quote: — 

"The Grand Z. pleads for economy in handling the affairs of the 

" Much encouragement. 'Enthusiastic workers', 'The 

future looks reassuring.' 'Harmony and unanimity reign.' 'The Chap- 
ters expect greater prosperity in the near future.' 'The evident cour- 
age with which the companions have met and are meeting both per- 
sonal and Masonic difficulties is admirable.' 

"The Committee on Conditnon give some thought-provoking com- 
ment. 'Ideals are like stars. You will not succeed in touching them 
with your hands, but like the mariner upon the vast expanse of water, 
you will choose them' as your iguide and following them, reach your 
destiny.' 'Masonic material is not worn out by work, but rather in- 
creases in strength.' 

"Colonel Ponton still retains his vigorous style of review. Apt 
quotations mixed with friendly comment all pleasantly and entertain- 
ingly worded makes his Review about the best received." 


This from the Review of England: — 

"There is a close connection between Craft and Royal Arch 
Masonry. The Mark degree is controlled by the Grand Lodge of Mark 
Master Masons. 

"The Rt. Hon. Lord Ampthill. A great man. 'Great politically, 
socially and masonically, but there is a greatness higher than any of 
these to which I humbly think he atained namely, the greatness of 

Iowa Review gives us the following plain talk: — 

"The Service Committee would like to report a year of truly suc- 
cessful effort. The chapters have not apparently seized on to the im- 
portance of this phase of work. They can't see why the chapters don't. 
'The value of fellowship meetings is so great'." 

A word from North Dakota: — 

"Not all cam perform great feats, nor all can produce enduring 
results. There are as few giants as there are pygmies, but all can do 
something and produce according to their gifts." 

Sam J. Helm always furnishes the Reviewer something 
characteristic : — 

"A noticeable tendency among Grand Chapters this year to say, 
'let us go into the House of Masonry.' 

"After rambling around in the highways and byways of commer- 
cialism for a decade, Grand Chapters are discovering that they are not 
a success as capitalists, caterers, orchestra leaders, bartenders or re- 
cruiting officers." 

The third page of the cover of this interesting volume is 
occupied by the comparison between Saskatchewan then and 


The Earl of Cassillis, Grand Z. 

Sir John Watson, Deputy Grand Z., 

C. C. Nisbet, Past Deputy Grand Z., 

T. G. Winning, Grand Superintendent. 

George A. Howell, Grand Scribe E. 

Quarterly Convocation was held 20th December, 1935, with 
a large attendance of Officers and members. 

Great regret was expressed at the death of M.Ex. Comp. 
William Rennie, and at a subsequent meeting on the 21st of 
February the deaths of M.Ex. Comp. John Lindsay and Robert 
Buchanan are regretfully recorded. 

Office bearers for the ensuing year were nominated and 
reports of Grand Superintendents, including Central South 
Africa and the Transvaal, were presented. 

On the 6th of March, 1936, adequate and sympathetic 
reference was made to their mourning for the late King 


George V. and the messages of sympathy and condolence to 
King Edward and to Queen Mary are recorded in full, beauti- 
fully worded. 

The Annual Convocation was held in Royal Arch Masons' 
Hall, Edinburgh, 21st March, 1936. 

Claude E. W. James, of Tasmania, was welcomed. 

Congratulatory cablegrams from India and other Daughter 
Chapters were received. 

Honorary rank was conferred and Grand Chapter closed 
as follows: — 

"There being no further business, the Hymn of National Prayer, 
'Lord, while for all mankind we pray', was suing to the tune of 'St. 
Paul', and Supreme Grand Chapter was closed in ample form." 

The Annual Banquet of the Vernal Equinox was held im- 
mediately after the meeting. 

Masonic Jewels were worn but not Regalia. 

The toast to The King and The Order was enthusiastically 
responded to. The next toast, which was drunk with great 
cordiality, was thus described : — 

"The First Grand Principal said: 'Companions, I call upon you to 
be upstanding and drink to the toast of 'Her Gracious Majesty Queen 
Mary, The Duke and Duchess of York, and The Royal Family'." 

In proposing the toast of The Supreme Grand Royal Arch 
Chapter of Scotland, the Reverend T. Angus Morrison, Grand 
Superintendent of Dumbartonshire, said: — 

"I visited the Quarries of King Solomon in company with a Gov- 
ernment official and with the leading Arab guide. 

"Masonry is a human institution. Economic stability is an essen- 
tial necessity and presents problems which cannot be ignored. 

"Life's stern necessities are curtailing men's activities, and only 
those institutions which serve good aind helpful purposes can' be main- 

". . . . If we do, what more attractive place can the 
man in distress find than a Masonic Lodge or Chapter? There, amid 
the companionship of brethren, he can get away from the distractions 
of the outside world. But, companions, meetings are functional or they 
are purely negative. Unless they serve a definite and worth-while pur- 
pose they are liable to cease to be. 

"The challenge which confronts us to-day is that of making a con- 
tribution to the individual, and through him to the world, that meets 
the exigencies of the day. We can meet that challenge and we are 
called upon to do it. Slovenly work will drive members away from our 
chapter meetings, but painstaking, earnest and sincere work will band 
them together. 

"What, for example, does Initiation mean? Initiation is really an 
awakening into a new order of life, not hitherto experienced. It means 
that those who have come through that ordeal are entering upon a 
new phase of life. 

"Im days of old our Egyptian companions claimed admission to 
the Hall of Osiris on the ground that they feared God and honoured 


the King, that they had given bread to the hungry, drink to the thirsty, 
clothes to the naked, and provided a boat to those who had suffered 
shipwreck. The companion who is able to make such a claim as this 
has solved the problem, 'Am I my brother's keeper?' " 

The Grand First Principal responded, saying: — 

"We are living in rather troublous times. The situation in Europe 
becomes daily more difficult; there is no feeling of security and one 
cannot look ahead with any confidence. We can only trust that the 
efforts of our statesmen to establish international peace will be suc- 
cessful ultimately. 

"Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Scotland, in a new role 
as Grand Superintendent of the Border Province. The last visitation 
that Supreme Chapter made was to a very happy local Festival of the 
Vernal Equinox, celebrated by the companions of the Middle Ward of 

"I was interested to see in looking over the attendance books of 
Lodge Mother Kilwinning for the year 1672 or thereabouts (which 
was the period of the Killing Times), that the members belonged to 
various political parties or factions, yet they were able to meet iin the 
lodge room and forget all about the petty jealousies that divided them." 

The term Most Excellent instead of our Right Excellent is 
used throughout the Scottish Jurisdiction. 

M.Ex. Comp. Thomas Hunter, M.P., proposed "The Pro- 
vincial District, and Daughter Chapters," saying: — 

"Just as the state through its government depends upon the confi- 
dence and support of the people for any success it may achieve, so the 
Royal Arch Chapter of Scotland depends upon the activity and sup- 
port of the Daughter Chapters. 

"I would liken the Daughter Chapters to a wheel, of which the 
Supreme Royal Arch, Chapter is the axis; we find the Daughter Chap- 
ters radiating from the axis, and the rim which holds 1 them all firmly 
together is represented by the Provincial Grand Chapters," 

Comp James said : — 

"I think you will all understand, after having travelled 13,000 
miles from the District in which I have the honour to be the Grand 
Superintendent, to be present at a meeting of the Supreme Grand 
Chapter in Edinburgh. 

". . . . Parliament in my own State, and when I speak of my own 
State we are so proud of our legislative institutions that they are 
moulded upon the institutions of this country from which we have 

"I heard a companion sing a song that I heard in my own, lodge — 
the name of which is St. Andrew Lodge — sung by a couple of hundred 
men, 'There's a wee boose among the heather.' I heard that sung over 
and over again." 

Sheriff Peter MacAusland proposed the toast to "The 
Guests", saying: — 

"Companions all, in one minute it is impossible to do justice to a 
country with an area of two million square miles and a population of 
some four hundred millions, but I can assure you that our Scottish 
Royal Arch Masons in Shanghai do not take a second place in their 
allegiance and fidelity to the Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of 


"Most Excellent Companions, and Companions, many of you here 
to-night are guests of (our First Grand Principal, who is indeed a Prince 
in the House of Israel, a Prince because of his kindliness and his hospi- 

"You come into a meeting where I hope you have all enjoyed 
yourselves with song and speech and wine wisely used. May I say 
about this wonderful Order of ours that in celebrating the Vernal 
Equinox, we go beyond the old Hebrew times to that time when, men 
worshipped the sun, and the sun to-day has shone upon us and we 
have entered into Spring. 

"You will find the Royal Arch is one of those Orders that is a key 
to the story of the world's life to-day. 

". la tman might be your guest for the time being, but 

he is your friend for all time; at least that is what we expect." 

The Earl of Lauderdale said : — 

"I have attended any number of dinners, Masonic and otherwise, 
but I have never been to anything quite so well organized as the Sup- 
reme Grand Chapter function to-night." 

M.Ex. Comp. Lindsay said: — 

"There is an old saying that 'Good wine needs no bush', and if I 
suggest that most of my reply is personal to our First Grand Principal, 
to convey to you to-night this wish, that you,, and Lady Cassillis who 
has done so much to back you during your long term of office for the 
good of our Order, may achieve complete success in everything! you take 
up and all in all your efforts find as much happiness as is permissible 
to mortal man." 

The Banquet closed thus: — 

"The companions then circled round the hall, and in the 'Brotherly 
Chain,' with the old hand-clasp, sang 'Auld Lang Syne', and the festi- 
val was brought to a close in time-honoured fashion with the singing 
of the National Anthem." 

Several grants bearing £30 to £15 were approved. 

Our own W. H. Wardrope, K.C., of Hamilton, worthily 
represents Scotland, as Sir John Watson, M.B.E., K.C., repre- 
sents Canada. 

Another pamphlet contains a list of the fees received by 
the Supreme Grand Chapter from all the Daughter Chapters 
commencing with the first five which hail from Edinburgh, 
Stirling, Montrose, Banff and Linlithgow. 

The charge account of the General Fund amounts to the 
sum of £23,666. 

The last chapter on the list is numbered 682. 


Edward H. Pinckney, Grand High Priest, 
O. Frank Hart, Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and twenty-fourth Annual was held in 
Rock Hill, April 15th, 1936. 


Ten Past Grand High Priests graced the Grand East 

William W. Wannamaker faithfully represented Canada. 

Membership is reported as 2,059, a net loss of 159. 

Distinguished visitors from North Carolina, New York 
and Georgia were honoured. 

The G.H.P.'s address was very interesting but commend- 
ably brief. We quote: — 

"There's little satisfaction to be gained from doing things 
That hold no difficulties; it's the tough old task that brings 
Keen sense of worth and power to the man who wins the fight; 
His failures test his courage and his problems prove his might. 

I'm thankful for the days of doubt, when it was hard to see 
That all things work together for the good that is to be; 
I'm glad for all that life has brought, because to-day I know 
That men must brave adversities if they would greater grow!" 

"From the Master's lips these words of cheer: 'Your work is found 
both True and Square. Pass on'. 

"Question: Can the Chapters of Allied Masonic Degrees (there 
being two within our Grand Jurisdiction) resume activities? The whole 
matter remains in status quo until our next Grand Convocation, and so 
I rule. 

"A companion who has been dropped by his Blue Lodge for N. P. 
D. is ipso facto, immediately suspended in the chapter. 

The Committee on Topical Reference said: — 

"To those possessed of understanding and in whose breasts burn 
the love of God and a desire to aid their fellowman, Freemasonry offer? 
an almost unlimited field of activity. The miller grinds the corn. Th*> 
trash and husks are rejected. He retains the wholesome, life-sustaining 
meal. Thus it is with Masonry. Despite our winnowing processes, some 
trash and husks are retained only to be later discarded as unfit mate- 
rial. Not all who drop out are unfit. Adversity comes to most of us, 
and good Masons have been forced to allow their membership to lapse, 
but by far the larger part of our loss is made up of those who failed 
to find something they thought they wanted." 

The In Memoriam notice of the late M.Ex. Comp. Bryan 
contained the following: — 

"He never held public office, and did not aspire to preferment of 
that kind at any time during his long life. But he was always to be 
found on the right side of any civic or political issue, willing to do his 
share of the work and to bear his portion of the burden.. 

"It was not surprising that General Lee remarked to General 
Longstreet when the battle of Fredericksburg was at its height, 'It 
is well that war is so terrible. . . . we should grow too fond of it!' 

"And as we proceed to study the Masonic record of the son, we 
shall find much in it to remind us of the gallant General, officer of the 
Confederacy, who was 'worthy of all praise,' and 'the very last to re- 

"And he faced whatever issue arose, whatever contest threatened, 
with the same dauntless courage, like that of Cyrano de Bergerac, in 
Rostand's immortal play: 


" 'What are you saying? That it is no use? .... I know it! But 
one does not fight because there is hope of winning! No! No! ... . 
It is much finer to fight when it is no use! .... What are all those? You 
are a thousand .strong? .... Ah, , I know you now .... all my ancient 
enemies. . . . Hypocrisy? .... Compromises? and Prejudices? and 
dastardly expedients. That I should come to terms? I? . . . . Never! 
Never! .... spite of your worst, something will be left me to take 
whither I go ... . and to-night, when I enter God's House, in saluting, 
broadly will I sweep the azure threshhold with what, despite of all I 
carry forth unblemished and unbent .... and that is ... . My plume!' " 

The Committee on Capitular Jurisprudence reported on 
the Council Degrees as follows: — 

"It is our judgment that the 'Councils' should surrender their 
charters, and that those who are responsible for promoting such or- 
ganizations should cease all attempts to introduce this work within 
our State. At such a time as this, those Master Masons who seek fur- 
ther light in Masonry should seek it in the Royal Arch Degree, which 
is the completion and supplement of the Master's degree. We need to 
improve those systems which we have, rather than to encourage the 
introduction of new systems." 

L. E. Simpson was elected G.H.P. 

James B. Little, of Trenton, is the honoured Representa- 
tive of South Carolina. 

The Fraternal Reviews are the able result of the good 
work of Henry Collins, who says in his introduction : — 

"Interesting ideas, coming from the various leaders in the Capitu- 
lar world, to break the monotony of threadbare phrases and statistics. 
Many Grand High Priests are confident that they know wherein the 
trouble lies but few of them show any real signs of remedying it. Utah 
alone, of all the Jurisdictions reviewed, comes through with a net 
increase in membership. It was the result of painstaking plans and 

"Various remedies for 'what ails us' are given. Education probably 
is necessary to interest those on the side lines. With this we most 
heartily agree. The time has come when we must awake to the fact 
that we cannot longer depend upon Ritual alone to hold the interest. 
How long will it take us to learin and accept this truth and start doing 
something about it? 

"The most hopeful sign, it seems to us, is that there is a rugged 
determination being manifested everywhere." 

From the Review of Alberta the following : — 

"When down the western slope of time I take my way, 

And leaves of autumn rustle 'neath my feet; 
May I recall with quiet joy life's glad young May, 

When dreams were real, and days were long and sweet, 
Keep me, God, from growing hard and cold, 

For, oh! I would be young when I grow old." 

This verse from Connecticut: — 

"To be the same when I'm alone 
As when my every deed is known; 
To live undaunted, unafraid, 


Of any step that I have made; 
To be without pretense or sham 
Exactly what men think I am." 

Canada is happily reviewed in friendly fashion. We 
quote : — 

"Of three rulings, one was to the effect that a companion could 
not hold the office of Scribe E. of a constituent chapter and be Grand 
Superintendent at the same time. Another, that a companion could 
not hold office in a constituent chapter and reside outside the jurisdic- 
tion of the Grand Chapter of Canada. 

"We believe, however, that proper visiting done extensively means 
money to Grand Chapter and constituent chapters. We are more and 
more of opinion that Grand Officers, especially the Grand Z., should visit 
as much as possible consistent with reason, 

"I firmly believe that the world will never be righted and its ap- 
parent wrongs adjusted until our churches are crowded on the Sabbath 
day as our houses of entertainment are during the week. It is en- 
couraging to hear such advice coming from some source other than the 
pulpit. We notice, too, that twenty dispensations were granted during the 
year for chapters to attend divine service. 

"On the Condition of 'Capitular Masonry, the 'Committee gives a 
fine review of conditions generally. This paragraph we quote: 'Hope 
— the spark that kindles is growing brighter day by day, and which 
is indicated in the excellent condition of harmony so noticeable on all 
sides, and which happily prevails throughout the Craft.' 

"•Camp. Ponton presents another fine set of reviews." 

From the Review of the District of Columbia this out- 
standing message : — 

"No chapter was ever a real success through accident. 

"Somewhere off on the horizon, possibly not far distant, is the 
birthright of the Royal Craft in the future. We can see it but dimly 
now, catch but an occasional glimpse of its beauty as the way seems 
dark and difficult, but it is there." 

References to DeMolay are of course always to be found 
under Wisconsin, from the Review of which Grand Jurisdic- 
tion we quote: — 

"Because we feel that the companions in South Carolina have had 
little or no opportunity to learn about the Order, and because this 
scribe started reading and couldn't quit until he had read the whole, 
we are going to present the full text of an address delivered on the 
occasion of the State Conference at Madison, by Edward M.anthei, a 
member of DeMolay. We hope that it will be read by every Mason, 
particularly those who are fathers, in our Jurisdiction. 

"Fifteen years ago Frank Sherman Land stretched out his hand to 
a sixteen-year-old fatherless boy and said, 'Come to my office to-mor- 
row. Mr. Lower, I want to get acquainted with you. 

"On the evening of March 24, 1919, 'Dad' Land said to nine young 
men, 'Bring in all your pals next Wednesday night and we'll make a 
club of it.' 

"During our early period of adolescence there were three major 
forces controlling and regulating our lives — the church, the school, and 
our own home environment. It was during this period that we either 


won our battle against Sunday School, or lost it and attended with 
martyrlike submission. The church was for us the symbol of goodness 
and right, standing far above us in the clouds with its influence coming 
to us through diverse channels with which we had not much in common. 
The school was a necessary evil inflicted upon us to be borne with out- 
ward tranquility, hut with inward rebellion, The home was the most 
intimate of these forces but in the early period of adolescence was at 
its best a serious of Thou Shaft's and Thou Shalt Not's. 

"Good 1 — Bad, and Right — Wrong, were not abstract concepts to 
which the young fellow pledged or denied his allegiance. The essence 
of wrong was the grizzly faced, two-fisted, two-gunned desperado of the 
western thriller, Law breaking, skipping school." 

We quote at length in order that those who favour DeMolay 
may be gratified and those who are opposed to it may see the 
side which gives food for thought, and perhaps criticism. 


John R. Johnson, Grand High Priest, 

George A. Pettigrew, Grand Secretary. 

The Forty-seventh Annual met in Huron, S.D., June 11, 

Twelve Past G.H.P.'s duly answered Roll 'Call and were 
received with Grand Honours. 

From the G.H.P.'s address the following: — 

"With the honour of this position there is combined an enlarged 
opportunity for service. The pleasure of rendering that service far 
outweighs the trials and vexations experienced in sustaining the bur- 
den of my responsibilities. I hope my leadership has aroused your in- 
terest in Capitular Masonry. 

"If I have united fraternal industry into fraternal love, we share 
equally the dividend of brotherly affection. I harbor the hope that I 
have in some small degree measured up to your expectations. 

"So many good brothers are on relief and they, like good Masons, 
are doing their utmost to keep that sacred institution, 'The Home,' in- 
tact, and do not feel that they should deprive their dear ones from the 
necessities of life. I fully agree with them." 

Royal Arch Masonry is on the up-swing. 

"I find added interest by officers and companions alike, good at- 
tendance at all important convocations and at my visits, a real desire 
to do the work with dignity and correctness." 
Membership, 3,322. (Net loss, 232. 

Canada was represented by L. M. Simons, Grand Repre- 

Interesting and instructive talks were given by Grand 

The Committee on Necrology quote: — 
"As Hiram slept, the widow's son, 
So does our brother take his rest. 
Life's battles fought, life's duties done; 
His faults forgot, his worth confessed." 


"Beautiful life is that whose span 

Is spent in duty to God and man. 


Beautiful calm when the course is run, 
Beautiful twilight at set of sun, 
Beautiful death with a life well done." 

The Grand Representative of Manitoba brought greetings. 
William T. Clark of Aberdeen was elected G.H.P. 
From the In Memoriam pages the following verses: — 

"Then steal away, give little warning, 
Choose thine own time ; 

Say not good-night, but in some brighter clime 
Bid us good-morning." 

"To enable our feet, in the next day's march, 
To climb up that golden ridge, 
We must all lie down for a one-night's rest, 
Inside of the covered bridge." 

R.Ex. Comp. William Downing of Kitchener, is the Grand 
Representative of South Dakota. 

The Order of Anointed High Priesthood duly met. 


W. Henry Blackwell, Grand High Priest. 

Thomas Earl Doss, Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and Seventh Annual Convocation was 
held in Nashville, January 27th, 1936. Eleven Past Grand 
High Priests were present and honoured at the altar. Grand 
visitors from Georgia and Virginia were received with Grand 
honours. The Grand High Priest in his address distinguished 
between the Present and Past Grand Officers and the ordinary 
companions, in speaking of the fraternal dead. A new chap- 
ter made available membership of companions who had be- 
longed to different chapters. 

Among his rulings the following: — 

"In this connection, McMinnville Chapter surrendered its charter 
in 1920 due to the fact that at that time the Masonic bodies had a 
very small hall, inadequate for chapter work, resulting in loss of in- 

"Nine members of the particular chapter constitute a quorum, and 
without these nine members of its own, no chapter can legally do any- 
thing except open and close, and confer the degrees. But query?" 

Two charters were arrested. 

Under visitations he says: — 

"Believing that very little good can be accomplished by the flying 
type of visit, I divided them and assigned each group to one of the 
Grand Officers for visitation." 


He thus concludes: — 

"The nights have never been too dark, nor the road too long, for 
them to answer the call." 

Membership, 5,874. Net loss, 444. Number of chapters, 

The Committee disagreed with the Grand High Priest in 
the following: — 

"We non-concur in the recommendation to change the Code to 
legalize a quorum consisting of nine Royal Arch Masons of whom only 
five meed be members of the subordinate chapter for the transaction of 

B. Tate Dawkins was elected Grand High Priest. 

John H. C. Woodwood of London is the honoured Grand 
Representative of Tennessee. 

H. W. Goodloe represents Canada and was duly present. 

In Memoriam pages record the death of thirty-nine Past 
Grand High Priests through the several jurisdictions. 

The Capitular Review is a fine piece of work by J. I. 
Walker, Past Grand High Priest. 

From Alberta review the following: — 

"The address of the Grand First Principal is an inspiration, with 
beautiful phraseology, telling of his year's work in the interest of 
Capitular Masonry in Alberta. His welcome to the companions was of 
dual effect, since he is also Mayor of the City of Calgary." 

This from the review of California : — 

"If the Reds do:n't like our country, let them move on. Let them 
go to some other country where they may find others of like ilk and let 
them feed upon one another. 

"Being cramped for space we can't say all we should like about 
what has happened in California under the efficient leadership of M.Ex. 
Abbott, so we close by saying the Capitular Ship of California is 
going places and is not waiting for a tide." 

Canada is favourably reviewed in friendly fashion. We 
quote: — 

"The address of the Grand Z. tells of a very busy year spent in the 
interest of the Royal Craft. I like his style very much. He puts em- 
phasis on his welcome. 

"There is a long list of companions receiving the long service, 
twenty-five and fifty year jewels. The writer is very much impressed 
with these rewards for they are an incentive to carry on. 

"It is a far cry from the days when we as boys were required to 
clean our boots on Saturday night, when mother prepared the potatoes 
on Saturday night for Sunday's dinner and when the Sunday dishes 
were left until Monday to be washed, to the mad rush to get into the 
automobile and speed away, to wide open spaces to spend the Lord's 
day in pleasure. 

"Secretary shows that one chapter had fifteen exaltations, one had 
nine, and four chapters had seven each. Not bad. The entire Capitular 
assets of this jurisdiction amount to $329,138.07. The chapter ex- 


pended on benevolence $3,669.42 for the year. Committee on audit and 
finance recommends that the per capita tax on unemployed companions 
be revoked, where a chapter has remitted its dues. A true Masonic 
spirit. The Review is by that gifted writer Comp. Ponton. He has 
written many fine Reviews, but I think this one has more real inter- 
esting, instructive information than any so far." 

We take the following from the review of England: — 

"M.Ex. Comp. Lord Ampthill presided on each occasion. Openings 
were in ancient and solemn form. It is indeed interesting and inform- 
ative to read of the progress made, and the fervency and zeal displayed 
by our companions of England. 

"I see no reason for anxiety, for much is being accomplished in the 
Royal Craft. Capitular affairs in this Grand Jurisdiction are in cap- 
able hands. May the future be bright for the companions of England. 

"We rejoice with the Masons of England in the fact that they are 
still "builders," since they have successfully raised funds for a Masonic 

"We Masons of America take courage when reading these splendid 
reports from across the waters. May you keep the good work up." 

New Jersey review strikes an encouraging note: — 

"I would urge the companions to be of stout heart and of good 

From North Dakota the following: — 

"We must learn that it is our responsibility to support the govern- 
ment rather than be supported by it. We must have confidence that 
our Royal Craft still has much to contribute to the character, happi- 
ness and higher life of men who will but learn its lessons. 

"North Dakota boasts of a very unique club called the Monkey 
Wrench Club. Its pass word is, 'I object.' The answer being, 'I second 
the motion.' I imagine there is plenty of fun here." 

A word of praise for Saskatchewan : — 

"For twelve years, as their representative near Tennessee, I have 
watched the growth of the Grand Chapter of Saskatchewan, and I have 
no fear of the future of Capitular Masonry in this jurisdiction. They 
are active and are keeping the faith." 

Texas gives us the following : — 

"Well has Tennyson cried out against moral wrong when he says: 
"Cursed be the social ties 

That sin against the strength of youth. 

Cursed be the social lies 

That warp us from the living truth." 

Grand Reviewer Walker makes the final appeal in his con- 
clusion : — 

"Companions, hold on, keep faith, our Royal Craft is on its way 
everywhere that sorrow needs a tear or where humanity needs a friend." 


George W. Clampitt, Grand High Priest, 
T. M. Bartley, Grand Secretary. 

The Eighty-sixth Annual was held at Waco in the Grand 
Lodge Temple Chapter-room on December 2, 1935. 


The following Foreword precedes the Proceedings, good, 

square and sound work: — 

"This book completely composed, printed, and bound by the Depart- 
ment of Printing, Masonic Home and School of Texas, Fort Worth." 

The Grand Representative of Canada did not answer Roll 

The G.H.P.'s address is one which becomes such a large 
Jurisdiction. We quote: — 

"Adherence to the sublime and eternal principles of our Order 
and active energies, inspired with a common purpose and a common 
hope, have permeated our moral life and Capitular Masonry. 

"His greatest pride and his greatest satisfaction came, no doubt, 
in his long and unrecompensed service as a member of the Board of 
the Home for Aged Masons. 

"His career exemplified to a high degree those qualities generally 
acknowledged as admirable — honour, courage, brilliancy of mind, per- 
sonal dignity, amiability and an urbane sense of humour. 

"In one case, the companion had served as Secretary, and an audit 
of his books indicated a shortage in his accounts, for which he gave 
several notes payable monthly. The notes have not been paid, but his 
current dues have been paid. I held that if the notes represented dues 
owing by the particular member, the dimit should be refused, but since 
his dues were paid, and since secretaries are seldom charged with annual 
dues, the dimit should be granted. This debt is just the same as any 
other debt, and has no bearing on the granting or withholding of a 

One new chapter was constituted during the year. 

There was trouble at Austin, indicated by the following: — 

"They informed me that I had no authority to remove officers un- 
less I gave them my reasons, and after the removal of the three officers 
in April, those members attempted to appeal to the High Priest. 

"A petition will be presented to this Grand Chapter for restoration 
of the charter, and, I am convinced that a restoration, to the present 
membership, would in effect amount to the adoption of the standard 
heretofore maintained by them, rather than require them to uphold the 
standard of this Grand Chapter.." 

Twelve charters were arrested and revoked. Five charters 
were surrendered and revoked. 

Of the Home for Aged Masons, he speaks: — 

"This splendidly equipped and ideally located institution, governed 
by a capable Board of Directors, under whose authority a competent 
manager presides, should be a source of pride to all Masons in Texas, 
and especially to Royal Arch Masons." 

He makes some observations on the Condition of Affairs 
and asks these questions : — 

"What will the individual member do to relieve this grave condi- 

"What will the Grand Chapter do to remedy this situation?" 
"Every one keenly realizes the extent to which chapters have been 
out of hand during these weary months." 


The Committee on Obituaries quote: — 
"To live in the hearts we leave behind, is not to die." 
"A change of residence a few years ago, when, upon being asked 
his reasons therefor, replied, 'Well, for one thing, I'll be nearer the 

"His words were his bonds, his oaths his oracles, 
His love sincere, his thoughts immaculate, 
His tears pure messengers, sent from his heart, 
His heart as far from fraud, as heaven from earth." 

"Of plain devotedness to duty, 
Steadfast and still, nor paid with mortal praise, 
But finding amplest recompense, for life's ungarlanded expanse, 
In work done squarely — and unwasted days." 

"His life shall ever remain to us, a cherished legend." 
"To the younger companions who may feel the urge to follow in 
their footsteps, may you be constantly reminded, that, 'though every 
bush contains a flame and every flame a call to service, yet, he only 
hears, who takes off his shoes." 

Membership, 28,065. Net loss, 1,722. Number of chap- 
ters, 265. 

The Committee on the Home thus conclude: — 

"It is as a friend, a benefactor and an upright gentleman that he 
is remembered oftenest. The hearts of his many friends enshrine his 

Grand Orator Lightf oot said in his long address : — 

" 'Whence came you, as an entered apprentice?' and 'What came 
you here to do?' are questions that have been propounded to the initiates 
of Ancient Craft Masonry throughout the ages. 

"Symbols were the most obvious method of instruction; for, like 
nature herself, they addressed the understanding through the eye. 

"It is easily established that more than 1,500 years before the 
time of Moses, the priests of the temples of Egypt revered, in the 
mysteries, one supreme God called the 'Only Uncreated.' 

"Initiation in the great mysteries of the temples of Egypt was 
the most difficult to obtain of any country in the world. Pythagoras, 
already an advanced seer, was compelled to wait 22 years before re- 
ceiving the 'Light of Osiris' in the innermost sanctuary of the Temple. 

"There has been a noticeable deterioration in the moral stamina of 
the nations, as well as a loss of that awe, reverence and adoration for 
the Supreme Architect of the Universe that clearly portrays a break- 
down in the moral and spiritual progress of the world. 

"This downward trend is to be checked, and the refining and sus- 
taining influence of Ancient Craft Masonry preserved for the benefit 
of future generations, as it has served those of the past. 

"As he grew up he showed a pregnancy of understanding much 
above those of his years, doing everything with such grace that in his 
very childhood he gave the world to understand what might be ex- 
pected of him in time to come. He was such a miracle of a child for 
beauty and comeliness of stature. 

"There were no schools or tutors for the children of the tribes of 


"The temples were not open to them; the privilege of initiation 
into the mysteries was denied to all who were enslaved. 

"There were no organized synagogues, no rabbis, priests, or prophets 
to teach the Hebrews the elements of religion or the fundamentals of 
faith. Their sole hope rested in the faint recollections of the first 
covenant made by God to the patriarch, Abraham. 

" 'I am that I am,' present and eternal, was the message that fell 
upon his inner ear, and in his desert contemplation of nature's flux, 
and reflux, the death that bounds her life, the life she brings from death, 
always consuming, yet never consumed, "I am that I am. I am hath sent 
me unto you,' is the message he has sent from the wilderness of Sinai. 

"And so it was suggested that the nature of the elements con- 
tained the revelation of God. For purple: is for water ; linen for earth ; 
blue for air, and scarlet for fire. 

"He then indicated the manner in which they conceal fundamental 
cosmic laws, and the perfect understanding of the structure of our 
solar system as possessed by Moses, and perpetuated in the symbolism 
of the tabernacle." 

J. H. Moore was elected G.H.P. 

The Chairman of Foreign Correspondence is paid $400 
annually and well merits it. 

The Committee on Doings report as to the G.H.P. : — 

"Wherever he went, his hearers were delighted to know that they 
were listening to a man, not a manikin, a practical Mason whose daily 
life is the best address he has made during the year." 

Canada's Grand Representative is E. R. Glover of Corsi- 
cana, and W. L. Stewart of London, well represents Texas. 

The Capitular Review is a feature of Texas by S. J. Helm. 
We quote from the Introduction : — 

"True troops who have stood the test, faithful and fearless men 
who have not fled in either rout or treachery under the fire of adversity. 
With solemn and determined countenances, these valiant veterans 
silently point to their ramparts and, looking, we see that the flag is 
still there. 

"Debts unpaid, yet payable with the slightest fraction of their 
squandering on frivolous temporary pleasures. Deplorable conditions, 
indeed, during the past decade. But the flag is still there. 

"For a few years, there were three flags on our battlements: the 
flag of Mammon, the flag of Numbers, and the flag of Masonry. Our 
flag is still there." 

From the British Columbia Review this comment: — 

"G.Z. devotes three pages of his address to the mission, the es- 
sence, the meaning of Masonrv. A man may own a most valuable 
book without deriving any benefit from it if it is printed in a language 
which he does not understand." 

This from California : — 

"Unusual G.H.P. Most readers of Masonic proceedings will recall 
that it is customary for presiding Grand Officers to start off with a 
few words of welcome, and then say, in effect, 'I now render a report 
of my official acts," the first item of which is a list of the distinguished 
dead, just as if he had killed them in line of his official duty. 


"The Communists seem to have as little reverence for American 
traditions as Californians have for their ritual. 

"Talking to a dear old companion last year, I mentioned the above 
differences, and he remarked: 'Yes, but we are York Rite, and we do 
not do that.' A) nigtguh is jes' a white man wid a black skin." 

Canada is favourably reviewed. We quote: — 

"Seventy-seventh annual, M.Ex. Alexander Cowan presiding; 159 

"The Texas G.R. was there for the first time. 

"We are living in a time when people wish for, almost demand, 
amusement and entertainment. 

"It might astonish many a G.C. if it discovered the number of 
officers in the grand line who were making no effort whatever to 
qualify for the Grand East. 

"If the recipients are not more appreciative of this distinctive 
honour than are some G.HjP.'s in this country, they would rather have 
something they could eat or that would serve some material use — a set 
of false teeth in preference to a P.G.H.P.'s jewel. 

"It is such a good index to the thoughtfulness of each new reviewer 
who comes to the Round Table; if he starts a yowl about Canada's 
having jurisdiction in Ontario only, we can size him up at once. 

"Review is again the artistry of W. N. Ponton, so engrossing that 
I read even the quotations which, of course, I read months ago as I 
was reviewing them for Texas. Ponton-stamped reviews are like ster- 
ling-stamped silver — genuine." 

We thank our colleague for his generous reference. 

This from Colorado : — 

"Only lack of space denies you the privilege of reading many ex- 
cellent excerpts of common sense, humour, philosophy and sarcasm. 
He is nauseated at the frequent use of the term 'Blue' Lodge, and un- 
necessary appellation in the American Rite, since the Mark (Red} 
Lodge is not a separate body with us. 

"So we have Blue Grand Masters and Purple Grand Masters, but 
we have no Red Lodges, hence no necessity for the word 'Blue' in con- 
nection with the lodge. During the last few years, however, proceed- 
ings indicate that all the bodies are more or less blue in their contem- 
plation of Masonic bodies being reduced to Masonic sizes; although 
there should be an instantly noticeable difference in the size of a 
Masonic roster and a city directory, this solemn truth has not yet 
been accepted in this country." 

We quote under Michigan : — 

"It is doubtful if DeMolay Chapters are composed of the boys who 
most need help, even food if they are undernourished, and orphanage 
is not a qualification anywhere in the land, so far as I have ever heard. 
I see no connection between his premises and conclusion." 

A word from New Mexico: — 

"They have really not known what actual working conditions were; 
they would blow into a town ten minutes before a convocation, receive 
the grand honours and a good feed, and blow out ten minutes later, 
feeling that Masonry was going as strong as the grand honours and 
grub; they were blissful in their ignorance." 

We close the Review by saying a real Helmsman is on the 



Henry L. Ballou, Grand High, Priest, 

Archie S. Harriman, Grand Scribe E. 

The One Hundred and nineteenth Annual convened in Bur- 
lington, 9th June, 1936. 

During this meeting Truman J. Allen was elected G.H.P. 

The 'biography of G.H.P. Henry Lincoln Ballou is written, 
strange to say, by William J. Ballou, Grand Master. 

"Comp. Ballou is a descendant of Maturin Ballou who was asso- 
ciated with Roger Williams in the settlement of Rhode Island near 
the middle of the seventeenth century." 

Canada's Grand Representative did not answer Roll Call. 

Distinguished visitors were welcomed from Quebec, Maine, 
New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, 
Massachusetts and New Jersey. 

From the address of G.H.P. the following : — 

"A hundred years ago at this time Grand Chapter of Vermont was 
in an eclipse. In June of 1834 it had met as usual in Rutland. 

"However fifteen years were to come and go before the Grand 
Chapter was to hold another convocation and then it was to meet in 
the city of Burlington." 

'"Then let us clasp hands as we walk together, 
And let us speak softly, in love's sweet tone, 
For no man knows on the morrow whether 
We two pass by, or but one alone." 

He announces the appointment of Comp. Llewellyn F. 
Stephens of Hamilton, as the Grand Representative of Ver- 
mont. Both are to be congratulated. 

Of the Grand Line and chapters generally the G.H.P. 
says : — 

"In the natural order of events it takes thirty years to go through 
the line of the General Grand, a ridiculous condition, and no wonder 
that most of our General Grand High Priests are old men and 
P.G.G.H.P.'s in recent year are never more than three or four in 

"The years required to pass through our Grand Line are eleven 
though often shortened by the death of a friend, a sad way to be ad- 
vanced. With the condition that exists it seems to me wise to abolish 
the office of Deputy Grand High Priest. 

"Also that the tendency is for the Grand Chapter to lord it over 
the Subordinate Chapters, to boss them about unduly, to make them 
toe the mark so to speak. I fear we have overdone it in some cases. 
The correct attitude, to my mind, is that of helpfulness." 

Membership, 4,575. Net loss, 231. 


The Committee on Necrology quote: — 

"He was a friend of truth, of soul sincere, 
In action faithful, and in honour clear, 
Who broke no promises, served no private ends, 
Sought no title and forsook no friends." 

The Convention of High Priesthood duly convened. 

Archie S. Haven is the Grand Representative of Canada. 

As in another Jurisdiction, Henry T. Smith is still entered 
as the Grand Secretary of our Grand Chapter. Good names 
never die and we take it for granted that his brother, M.Ex. 
Comp. Edwin Smith, does not object. 


Delamater Davis, Grand High Priest, 

James M. Clift, Grand Secretary. 

The One Hundred and twenty-eighth Grand Annual con- 
vened in Richmond, October 22, 1935. 

At this meeting Grand King Charles H. Ergenbright was 
elected G.H.P. 

It is noted in passing that M.Ex. Comp. James H. Price, 
Grand Treasurer, is Lieut.-Governor of Virginia. 

Ten G.H.P.'s graced the Grand East. 

Arthur L. Mattern of Richmond, duly represented Canada. 

We note that one of the Representatives of Chapter No. 48 
is named W. R. Canada. 

The noble address of G.H.P. Davis is altogether out of the 
ordinary and we therefore give many quotations from this 
scholarly Mason: — 

"To bring no disgrace to the city by dishonest act. 
To fight for the ideals and sacred things, alcme and with many. 
To desert no faltering comrade. 
To revere and obey the city laws and incite respect and reverence 

in those above us, who are prone to annul or set them at naught. 
To strive unceasingly to quicken the public sense of public duty. 
To transmit this city not less but better and more beautiful than 

it was transmitted to us." 

"I give you the Ephebic Oath of Ancient Athens as the Key note 
of this Annual Convocation. Shall we be content to pray that He may 
be pleased to send labourers into the harvest, or shall we ourselves, 
with a renewed sense of obligation, consider the problems confronting 
us and courageously work out solutions to the best of our ability? It 
is easier generally, and entails less mental effort, to travel the beaten 
path, but progress does not lie that way. 

"The Grand Chapter at the Annual Convocation shall seriously 
discuss, consider, and transact all matters that concern the prosperity 
of Royal Arch Masonry in general, or private chapters and individual 
companions in particular. 


"This has been to me a most happy Masonic year. The opportunity 
given to visit and counsel with the officers and members of our chap- 
ters, and the privilege of enjoying the hospitality of our sister Grand 
Jurisdictions, have been sources of pleasure and profit. 

"How to conduct a successful fraternal organization. We dwell 
largely and expensively on the ritual amd let the chapters find their 
own levels, without instruction, in the very practical matter of making 
membership in a chapter a pleasurable association of intelligent men 
united by a common bond — our ritualistic work. How can this type 
of leadership be developed? I submit, very confidently, only by ex- 
perience. In my visits throughout the State I have wished I could get 
the officers of many of the chapters to visit neighbour chapters to see 
how a chapter should be conducted. 

"The Junior Line Officers should have some definite duty to per- 
form during the recess of the Grand Chapter to prepare them for the 
duties of Grand High Priest. 

"The Craft is being well served by the Board, the Superintendent 
and the teaching and supervising personnel of the Home. 

"The lecturers should be required to conduct schools of instruction 
and co-operate with the District Deputies. They should be allowed 
to hold office indefinitely and the office should not be allowed to become 
merely an hcmorary one. 

"The Grand Lecturer is the last word, as a practical matter, in 
regard to the Ritual. 

"Grand Chapter from time to time to meet in Annual Convocation 
in cities other than Richmond. 

"When Thomas Jefferson was building the University of Virginia, 
he asked a very able and learned friend to draw up a plan for national 
education. His friend drew up such a plan, supplying every detail for 
its execution. Among other things he stressed the value of moral 
training in schools and suggested a prayer which he thought would be 
acceptable to the parents of children of every faith. That friend cf 
Jefferson's was DuPont de Nemours, a Frenchman and progenitor of 
the famous DuPont family of Delaware. Here is the prayer: 

Our Heavenly Father: 

May Thy name — pronounced with gratitude, love and respect be 
our consolation and our strength. 

May our will he submissive to Thine and may our actions obey 
Thy wisdom as the stars follow the laws ordained by Thy good- 
ness and power. 

Give us this day our daily bread. We will try to deserve it by 
work done for others as well as ourselves. 

Keep us from bringing on others sorrows that we are unwilling 
ourselves to bear. 

Help us to be always ready to offer others the kindness that we 
want shown us. 

Teach us to protect animals and plants in imitation of Thy benevo- 

May the realization of Thy goodness give us strength to resist 
temptation and keep us from all vice. 

Accept our repentance for our faults. Grant that it may not be 
useless. Give us opportunity and ability to redeem them if there 
is time, or to atone for them as best we can, and in Thy mercy 
teach us to forgive those who have offended us, and pardon us 
in our turn. 


Help us to bear inevitable sorrows; may our trust in Thee teach 
us to bear them patiently in the hope of a happier future. 

We thank Thee for allowing Thy children the comfort of offering 
their prayer to Thee. 

So let it be!" 

Membership, 12,325. Net loss, 868. 

The Committee on Foreign Relations reported, recom- 
mending that Grand Chapter recognize the Grand Chapter 
Regular of France and Colonies. 

There were introduced the Grand Master and other Offi- 
cers of Virginia and Grand Officers from D. of C, North 
Carolina, South Carolina, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania 
and others. 

Dr. W J. McCollum, universally esteemed, is entered as 
Grand Representative of Virginia. We mourn his passing. 

The Fraternal Correspondence is in the capable and ex- 
perienced hands of E. Fenno Heath, P.G.H.P., who says in 
his Introduction: — 

"The Lynchburg case of when is a High Priest not a High Priest 
attracted wide attention and comment. 

"Tom Bodge, reviewer extraordinary, our genial and illustrious 
Grand Representative near Grand Chapter of Maine, having been one 
of the principal conscientious objectors to our former complete roster, 
on the ground of extra and unnecessary cost. 

"We have read and digested the procedings of all the jurisdictions, 
but have found few proteins and scarcer vitamins. 

"Grand Lecturers report little more, as they wildly race about to 
stem the tide of the so-called depression." 

He is favourably impressed with British Columbia and 
quotes : — 

"Surely, companions, the way of Masonry is wise. Instead of be- 
coming one more factor in a, world of factional feud, it seeks to remove 
all hostility which may arise from social, national or religious differ- 
ences. It helps to heal the haughtiness of the rich and the envy of 
the poor, and tends to establish 'Peace upon earth.' 

"Instead of criticising Masonry let us thank God for one altar 
where no man is asked to surrender his liberty of thought and become 
an indistinguishable atom. What a witness to the worth of an order, 
that it brings together men of all creeds, on behalf of those truths, 
which are greater than all sects, and deeper than all doctrines. Even 
the Glory and the Hope of Man." 

We appreciate his Review of Canada, in which with other 
comments he says : — 

"Fifty-four pages were occupied with reports of Grand Superin- 
tendents, who seemed optimistic about the future of the Rite. 

"Two amendments to the constitution were proposed, but only 
one was adopted; it permitted conferring 'honorary membership in the 
executive upon any member thereof,' total number to be limited to 
three at any one time. 


"This Grand Chapter broke the ice in giving Committee on Ap- 
peals and Grievances something to do. It confirmed the action of a 
Chapter in expelling a secretary for misappropriation of funds. 

"Proposed legislation as to life memberships was deferred 'until 
conditions improve.' 'Forget it' is the way we feel about it. 

"Preceding and forming part of the review was a topical analyti- 
cal index of three and one-half pages. Camp. Ponton's work is always 
thorough, and gives a splendid word picture of all that is transpiring 
in the Capitular world. He closes with 'Hail and Farewell' and signs 
his name." 

Under D. of C. he welcomes a new face at the Round Table, 
Ex. Comp. Karsner, saying that the following views coincide 
with his: — 

"Why do men join a fraternity? For instruction? No! Frater- 
nity means 'the relation of brotherhood' or 'a body of persons associated 
by common interests and characteristics.' And men join because they 
want the association of brotherhood with men of common interests and 
characteristics. If they desire solely education — in morality, in phil- 
osophy, in religion, the churches and the libraries of the world beckon 
them to come and take without price — limited only by their interest, 
energy and capacity. They need pay no petition fee of hard-earned 
dollars; assume no lifelong obligation of yearly dues. 

"Accepted into the fraternity, the extent and duration of their 
interest will be determined by the collective character of the persons 
they encounter — the worthwhileness of the things with which they are 
found occupying themselves, and the fidelity with which they perform 
those acts of mutual obligation which are the basis of fraternal associ- 

Under England he pays this worthy tribute: — 

"Since writing the above we have learned with deep regret of the 
passing of Lord Amp thill. He was a typical English gentleman and a 
great Masonic leader, and the Empire 'has lost a public spirited ser- 
vant, mankind a true friend, and Freemasonry in England, and indeed 
throughout the whole wide world, a moble and skilled Craftsman'." 

Under Oregon he singles out M.Ex. Comp. Kelly in the fol- 
lowing : — 

"Dissertation on 'Ritualism'": 


"An old Spanish fable deals with a mule and a wolf. The mule 
was limping along with a nail in its foot. The wolf was trailing be- 
hind evidently waiting for an opportune time to make a meal out of 
the mule. The mule appealed to the wolf to pull the mail out of his 
foot. The wolf said: 'I am no surgeon; such a task is not mine to per- 
form.' The mule made another plea, saying: 'You can see that I 
haven't long to live, why not relieve me of this distress and let me die 
in peace.' Being thus addressed, the wolf relented, and applied his 
teeth to the nail and extracted it from the mule's foot. Just as he did 
so, the mule lammed away and kicked that wolf with all his might. 
The wolf picked himself up and limped away, broken, bleeding and 
sore; but he soliloquized thus: 'That serves me right for trying to do 
something for which I am not fitted either by nature, inclination, en- 
vironment or training.' 


"Capitular Masonry is limping away. Annually there is more or 
less of a direct appeal to its titular head to take away the cause of 
the limp. I mean the nail of prolixity. Our fourth degree, in my 
opinion, is twice as long as it should be. Now lam away and kick me 
in the face for tugging away at that nail. I know it will serve me 
right. I never was a ritualist. I never wrote a ritual." 


Lewis A Bender, Grand High Priest, 

Horace W. Tyler, Grand Secretary Emeritus, 

Wesley C. Stone, Grand Secretary. 

The Fifty-second Annual was convened in Tacoma, 14th 
May, 1936, and opened with the invocation and a vocal solo, 
"The Builders". 

The record number of Past Grand High Priests, 22 in all, 
were received and honoured. 

Canada was not among the Grand Representatives present. 

Distinguished visitors from Oregon and Minnesota and 
the Grand Master of Washington were welcomed. 

The Roll of Honour is thus described : — 

"The companions were called to their feet and while standing with 
bowed heads, a quartette of members of Tacoma Chapter sang in sub- 
dued tones a beautiful soing, the Grand Secretary read the following list 
of names of those who have served this Grand Chapter as Most Excel- 
lent Grand High Priests, but who have now passed to their eternal 

A letter from the late Sidney Forbes of Hamilton, was 
read. Many in Washington will regret to hear of his lamented 

The G.H.P. said :— 

"For several years the growth and prosperity of our beloved order 
has suffered in loss of membership and influence. This has been due 
primarily to economic conditions, but also in part from a lack or slack 
down of our own efforts to promote the interest and desire of Master 
Masons to become Royal Arch Masons. There can be no doubt that 
every Master Mason desires more light in Masonry. 

"This desire can be created by the placing in the hands of every 
Master Miason for his information a copy of the booklet, 'What Is 
Meant by the York Rite'. 

"There should be a committee on entertainment, and every chapter 
should have such programs as often as their finances will permit in. 
order to keep up or stimulate the fraternal enjoyment of companion- 

A new chapter at Spokane was constituted. 
He made many visitations. 

This was one of his Rulings : — 

"You are advised that I have no authority to consent to the con- 
ferring of the Royal Arch Degree in amy other manner than is pre- 
scribed in our own Ritual, as adopted by the General Grand Chapter." 


The Reports from District Inspectors were edited and 

Membership, 6,598. Net loss, 613. 

The following are extracts from the address of the Grand 
Orator : — 

"The title of this sketch I shall call 'Our Constitution and Mas- 
onry'. I use the term 'sketch' as it means 'A simply constructed liter- 
ary composition, as a short story'. 

"This Spirit dwells only m the clean and understanding heart. 
The prayer of Solomon at Gideon was that God should give him an 
understanding heart and he might judge Israel and discern between 
good and evil. 

"And, for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on 
the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other 
our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honour. 

"These are the only designs or plans by which a great nation can 
be built, or a great nation preserved. 

"For He is good, His mercy endureth forever." 

The Secretaries' Association duly met and did good work. 

The following is an extract from a resolution referred to 
the Jurisprudence Committee: — 

"Whereas it has. become a custom) in this Grand Chapter for the 
Grand High Priest to advance the appointive officers one grade each 
year; and 

"Whereas, it is the opinion of this Grand Chapter that this sys- 
tem has not always worked satisfactorily nor to the best interests of 
Royal Arch Masonry; therefore be it resolved, etc." 

Walter H. Steffey of Seattle, was elected G.H.P. 
Robert L. McCroskey is the Grand Representative of 


Harry A. Berry, Grand High Priest. 

G. M. Ford, Grand Secretary. 

The Sixty-sixth Annual was held in Charleston, October 
12, 1936. 

At this meeting Ira Sankey Nichols, Grand King, was 
elected G.H.P. 

Distinguished visitors from North Carolina and Virginia, 
and the Grand Master were welcomed. 

Canada was duly represented by Fred C. Steinbicker. 

Sixteen P.G.H.P.'s faithfully answered roll call and were 
assured by the G.H.P. that they were the mainstay of Grand 

The G.H.P.'s address was a very brief one. He had found 
it impossible to visit many of the chapters. He refused two 
requests as follows : — 

"I had request from Williamson Chapter for permission to con- 
fer one or two degrees in Blue Lodge halls in their Jurisdiction. After 


due consideration I refused the permission feeling that to grant same 
would establish a precedent that could easily be carried too far. 

"I refused permission to confer the chapter degrees upon a brother 
who had lost his leg just below the knee inasmuch as there is no pro- 
vision in the law of this Grand Jurisdiction permitting same." 

The veteran and well known Grand Secretary closed his 
report as follows: — 

"As we near the end of the Capitular year, we might all, with 
profit, take inventory, asking ourselves, If, We have lived up to the 
teachings of our Order? 

"Are we doing our utmost to build up the chapters to which we 

"What is the trouble? There is nothing wrong with the institu- 
tion, If anything is wrong, it is us. 

"Then let us resolve that in the future we will give more thought 
to the needs of Capitular Masonry. 

"The brethren of the lodge need the Royal Arch, and you will be 
doing them a kindness in bringing it to them." 
"I learn as the yeans roll onward and I leave the past behind, 
That much that I counted as sorrow but proves that God is kind. 
That many a flower that I longed for had hidden a thorn of pain. 
And many rugged by-paths led to fields of ripened grain." 

"The only thing new that might be of interest is that some of the 
Grand Chapters both in America and abroad, have recognized the 'Grand 
Chapter de Arche Royale'. 

"This body was organized by English Royal Arch Masonry, has 
been working under its patronage for the past five years. It is regular 
in every respect, is supreme and self governing and is attached after 
the manner of Great Britain in Grand Lodge Nationale, Independent et 
Regulier, pour la France et les Colonies Francaises. 

"We would suggest that no action be taken by this Grand Chapter 
until approached by that body." 

The Committee on Necrology says : — 

"We present the list of many companions dropping out of the line 
along the way in life's fitful and sable shadows. 

"The mystery of man's existence, the coming and the going. The 
certain ending in .sudden breaking of the ties of association. Man 
becomes reconciled but not comforted, as Faith lessens grief. No 
emotions of feeling or open expression have served to avert man from 
woeful memory of the incitement to mourning in the fateful course of 

In the report of the Triennial we learn of two changes in 
the law. 

"All requests for waiver of jurisdiction must go to the General 
Grand High Priest for his approval before going to the Grand High 
Priest of a Grand Chapter. 

"After 1939 there will be four less elective officers in the General 
Grand Chapter. The office of the Deputy Grand High Priest will be 
eliminated, and the three Masters of Veils will be appointed by the 
General Grand High Priest. 

"This is done to prevent a General Grand Master perpetuating the 
line of officers. There are sixteen Grand Chapters in the Orient." 


In Memoriam of Carson Boyd Trenor, P.G.H.P., a verse 
not usually quoted : — 

"His faults were light and few 
As human faults could be. 
And his virtues were as many too 
As gems beneath the sea. 
A calm release. 
No clinging to his mortal clod 
He's closed his eyes to lie in peace, 
Before his smiling God." 

M.Ex. Comp. Colonel Alexander Cowan of Barrie, is the 
worthy Grand Representative of West Virginia. 

The Fraternal Reviews are preceded by the friendly feat- 
ures of G.M. Ford, whose noble brow, waving hair and alert 
glance give one good cheer. 

From his Foreword the following: — 

"After another trip around the Capitular world we find that the 
star was discovered in. 1934 and disappeared in 1935. Yet another star 
has taken its place. The Grand Chapter of Nevada; with a member- 
ship of 577 made a gain of 13 or about 2 1 / 4%; not a lot, but if all of 
the Grand Chapters would do as well, how happy we should be. 

"They realize that interest among the members is the only way we 
can hope to start our Chapters on the upward road. 

"But we must try to furnish something to please the companion 
on the side line, and there is no one thing that will do this. It will 
have to be a variety. While a good address would delight some, others 
would go to sleep. 

"Doubtless all of us meet frequently, and talk occasion ally, to a 
former member of our chapter. But we never mention chapter to 
them. Try talking to them of the beauties of the degrees and the 
pleasures enjoyed at the meetings, >and let them see that you are taking 
an interest in them personally. This" will help." 

A touch from the Arkansas Review: — 

"The mission of Masonry is to curb intemperant passions, and to 
reconcile conflicting interests, it is to extend to nations those principles 
of humanity in exercise of benevolence, which should actuate individuals 
to destroy the pride of conquest and the pomp of war." 

This from British Columbia : — 

"What is to be the future of the world, if the young man moving 
out from home into life is crushed upon the threshold? No work, no 
hope, no home for himself — just a cold, hard, ruthless world. What a 
tragedy! Money cannot measure." 

Canada is fraternally treated in friendly fashion. He ap- 
preciates, as we all do, George L. Gardiner, and says: — 

"A fine addres was presented by the Grand Z. replete with good 
thoughts and suggestions. 

"Rather, let us endeavour to replace abstract idealism by concrete 
realism, for we are wasting much precious time in petty differences, 
that should be used in enriching this glorious life. 

"Dispensation granted to confer the degrees on a brother who had 
lost his left arm below the elbow. 


"Lack of space prevents cmr quoting" more of this excellent address. 

"Changed time of holding Annual Convocation from February to 
the third Wednesday in April. 

"Grand Treasurer reports cash, $9,133.12; securities, $89,791.45. 

"The usual complete report is made by Grand Scribe E. Smith and 
the Grand Superintendents render complete reports." 

Under England of Lord Cornwallis, he said : — 
"Lord Cornwallis, although a man of the most self-effacing char- 
acter, was also a man of great determination, he would stand up for 
what he believed to be true to the very utmost, and I think his intrinsic 
goodness often won over an opponent." 

Ohio always furnishes something interesting: — 

"Referring to the continued losses, 'Has come to the conclusion, is 
not a matter alone of geography or of material prosperity or of co- 
operation of other bodies, or of work of Grand Chapter or its officers. 

" 'It is a matter of the Masonic spirit of the companions in the 
subordinate Chapters'." 

This from the Saskatchewan Review: — 

"Tyrants and dictators, as in the days of old, have driven freedom 
from the scene. Masonry has been ruthlessly stamped out and her 
leaders have been either killed or sent into exile." 

Scotland extends sympathy to American friends who have 
suffered by the disastrous floods, which have repeated them- 
selves tenfold during recent weeks. 


Fred S. Thompson, Grand High Priest, 

William F. Weiler, Grand Secretary. 

The Eighty-sixth Annual was opened In ample form in 
Scottish Rite Cathedral, Milwaukee, February 18, 1936. The 
opening was preceded by an organ recital. 

In addition to the Grand Master guests were welcomed 
from Iowa, Illinois and Representatives of other Jurisdictions. 

From the G.H.P.'s address we take the following cita- 
tions: — 

"We invite you to take an active part in its deliberations and feel 
free to express yourselves." 

No less than three Past G.H.P.'s died during the year and 
were remembered in dignified fashion. 

Under State of the Craft he said : — 

"During the first month of this administration the Grand Lec- 
turer devised a system of reports. 

"The tide is gradually receding. 

"We have invariably found young men, with all their ability and 
enthusiasm, occupying the chairs, hungry for information and willing 
to carry on when they knew what and how. 

"It is true we have some weak chapters; some that in the 'horse 
and buggy' days were granted charters which, under present condi- 
tions, would not have been; some that should be consolidated. 


"We hear the cry for leadership, well and good; but a successful 
army is not made up of officers alone, there must be followers." 

He speaks of Foreign Correspondence as follows : — 

" A reading of these reports from year to year will give you much 
in return." 

A word of praise for Manitoba : — 

"We commend the Manitoba companions to you as the 'salt of the 

DeMolay and Triple Tau receive due recognition. 

The fee for Order of High Priesthood is $5.00 and each 
candidate receives a Bible with certificate. 

Of the Masonic Home the following: — 

"No one who has not visited the Masonic Home at Dousman or 
made a thorough investigation of the charity work performed by the 
Grand Lodge can appreciate the burdens lifted from the shoulders of 
the subordinate lodges of this State." 

He recognized the services and sacrifice of his wife during 
the year. 

11 Past G.H.P.'s were honoured in the Grand East. 

Elmer S. Owens duly represented Canada. 

The Committee adds a touch which has not been experi- 
enced by us this year in Canada : — 

"Considering the sub-zero weather and snow-bound conditions 
throughout the state the Grand Chapter can be congratulated on its 
fine representation." 

The Committee on Problems say: — 

"Candidate with the mental glow of accomplishment. Let us make 
him feel happy that he possesses the 'proud title of a Mason'. 

"Let us discontinue the thought of a 'candidate mill' and 'get the 
money' plan; and substitute in place thereof the thought of making 
Masons by imparting the beautiful lessons of our Order. Let each 
candidate feel that he has taken a step upward spiritually and that 
'Man does not live by bread alone'." 

Elmer D. Widmer was elected G.H.P. 
From the report of the Committee on Obituaries the fol- 
lowing: — 

"I hold it truth with him who sings 
To one clear harp in divers tones, 
That men may rise on stepping-stones 
Of their dead selves to higher things." 

"My mark must link itself with Divinity. 

"The ring, the signet ring, is produced and we continue our jour- 
ney. The Holy City is our objective. 

"I must not be content with a mere ritual. It is the alphabet of 
all my future lessons. It is the foundation." 

"Let knowledge grow from more to more, 
But more of reverence in us dwell 
That mind and soul according well, 
May make one music as before." 


Membership, 20,009. Net loss, 1,327. 

The Grand Lecturer presented a satisfying report: — 

"Continue to hold our fraternity where it belongs — on the top 
rung of the ladder of achievement. 

"There has been in some of our chapters an apparent apathy on 
the part of the members, but not the officers. " 

From the report of the Ritual Committee: — 

"With the express intention to make our work more dignified and 
also more consistent with that of the Symbolic Lodge." 

Some of the illustrated topics carried out by the special 
Educational Committee are: — 

"From the Perfect Cube to the Perfect Cross." 

"The North East Corner, as the Alpha and Omega of Ancient 
Craft Masonry." 

"What is the Hour?" 

"Present your Work", explanatory of the "Mark Presentation" 

"The crowning glory of our efforts is recorded in Exodus 28:36, 
as true when it was written as it is to-day: 

"The message of Angels, by Humanity heard, 
While the Signet's perfection revealed the Divine, 
Is 'the Word is with God and God is the Word'." 

In the Memoriam pages, with which are interspersed por- 
traits of Deceased Grand Officers, we take the following: — 

"For thirty-two years he made his annual pilgrimage to the Grand 
Chapter and travelling with him om« those occasion was always an 
adventure in delightful companionship. 

"He was one of those who did his duty as if a pervading sense of 
the presence of the Immortals was with him. Edward Markham gives 
the key to this man's life in two of his poems. The concluding lines of 
each are sufficient to quote. 

"Whether 'tis hidden or whether it show 
Let the work be sound — for the Lord will know." 
"Silence, slave. 
Men may not see; but the Immortals will." 

R.Ex. Comp. William J. Wadsworth, interested in Tor- 
onto's civic as well as Masonic affairs, is the Grand Repre- 
sentative of Wisconsin. 

Grand Secretary Weiler is also the able Reviewer of Inter- 
national Correspondence. We quote from his Foreword : — 

"Be noble and the nobleness that lies 
In other men sleeping, but never dead, will rise 
In majesty to meet thine own." 
"Nevada, which is the smallest of the Jurisdictions, showing a loss 
of approximately 52." 

"It is gratifying, however, to note that there is am upturn in 
Capitular affairs and that from now on the losses will be less. 

"We have approximately 56,000 Master Masons and approximately 
22,000 Royal Arch Masons. In other words, 30,000 Master Masons in 


this Grand Jurisdiction have not completed their symbolic education; 
have not been shown. 

"There has perhaps been entirely too much weeping and wailing 
over losses in membership. We might pattern after some of our ser- 
vice clubs along this lime. If they can not keep up their end of the 
overhead expense, paying their dues, etc., they are just automatically 
out. We do not know if we would advocate going to that length in our 
Masonic institution but nevertheless it is a matter for us to consider." 

He treats of the subjects topically. 

He says under Schools of Education : — 

"We know of mo institution in which they put <so little Masonry. 
We feel that a great many of our Jurisdictions are waking up to the; 
fact that if they expect to get anything out of our institution, they must 
put more in." 

Under "What of the Future" he asks: — 

"Masonry, to me, is a cede of ethics by which we model our lives 
and our living. Masonry is a way of life. Masonry is a means 
whereby men are privileged to come in contact. Masonry is dynamic. 
Masonry is activity. Masonry is doing." 

From Charles H. Johnson, Grand Secretary of New York, 
we quote: — 

"I would urge that while you have this great interest in your 
chapter (and I am, also interested in the chapter) that we see to it 
that the source, namely, the lodge, is not too much neglected. We can- 
not expect the other bodies to succeed if the lodge does not receive sup- 

Of DeMolay ( he says : — 

"Wisconsin is practically the only Grand Chapter that is really 
sponsoring, if we may call it so, the Order of DeMolay. DeMolay has 
been one of the favoured Grand Chapter activities since 1921 and is 
still going strong. 

"You and I who are DeMolays are not gathered here at this con- 
vention for a two days' program of mutual admiration. Rather we 
are here to discuss the problems of our organization, to choose its 
leaders. It represents the realization of the ideals of the first ceremony. 
It is the story of a man whose life was splendid and whose death was 

Under False Economy: — 

"We know of a certain Masonic Grand Body which cut out the 
Reviews, and spent three hundred dollars on a Past Grand's jewel. 
Certain individuals have their pet economies and to offset them, their 
pet extravagances. 

"Masonry is no reform school; we should never take a man into 
Masonry to reform, him. 

"Masonry needs no 'props' to support it. Let's throw the crutches 

"Sages and philosophers, steeped in its rich lore and logic, thor- 
oughly conversant with its ritual, philosophy and symbolism, have been 
pleased to view it from various angles. One has defined it as 'A Song 
of the Human Soul'; another 'The Spirit of Service to Mankind'; an- 
other 'Masonry is Brotherly Love'; and again, 'A Science Engaged in 
the Search for Divine Truth'." 


"Then, brother man, fold to thy heart thy brother, 
For where love dwells, the peace of God is there; 
To worship rightly is to love each other — 
Each smile a hymn, each kindly deed a prayer." 


Henry G. Watson, Grand High Priest. 
Richard H. Repath, Grand Secretary. 

The Twenty-eighth Annual was held in Cheyenne July 
14th, 1936. 

Four official lambskin aprons suitably embroidered and 
embossed were presented to the G.H.P., D.G.H.P., Grand 
King and Grand Scribe. They will be kept by the Grand 
Secretary between Grand Convocations. 

Ten P.G.H.P.'s honoured the Grand East by their pres- 

Distinguished guests from Nebraska were welcomed. 
Wyoming Commandery, No. 1, were co-hosts with the local 
Chapter, and the entertainment reached its climax at a joint 
dinner. Thanks were given in happy vein for the hospitality 
of Cheyenne companions, which culminated in an open-air 
luncheon at the country residence of Comp. Hewlett, and an- 
other bounteous luncheon at Cheyenne Country Club. 

Communications were received from Alberta and from 

Canada was duly represented by Richard H. Repath, whose 
brother in Canada we well remember. 

The roll of deceased P.G.H.P.'s is always read in this, 
and many other, jurisdictions. 

The G. H. P. said in his address : — 

"If our institution is to grow and go forward we will need your 
counsel and advice to enrich our plans with mew ideas which may better 
fit changing conditions. 

"We have to look to those who are coming up to carry on. 

"A petitioner for the degrees must be a member in good standing 
in some lawfully constituted Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons. 
If he has taken a demit from a lodge that bars him until he has 
petitioned and been accepted. 

"There is nothing in the law which requires such evidence to ac- 
company the petition. However, the Committee to whom a petition has 
been referred, should, as a part of its duty, satisfy itself that the state- 
ments made in the petition are true. How else can the Committee 
make a favourable report to the Chapter? 

"I find nothing in the law limiting the conferring of degrees to the 
elective officers. 

"If attendance is not what it should be it is up to the officers to 
provide something of interest. Have a Past High Priests' night. Cele- 
brate anniversary of the instituting or constituting of the Chapter. 


Have a special program in honour of the 'old members'. A live set of 
officials can think up many programs that will attract interest and 
attendance. There is little satisfaction in teaching Capitular Masonry 
to empty chairs." 

The Grand Secretary reports: — 

"As said in a report yesterday to a HIGHER BODY on this subject: 
'Next to the decreasing number of new members, it is apparent that 
suspensions are still our miajor problem'. " 

Why a higher body? 

Membership, 1,800. Net loss, 84. 

The G.H.P. of Nebraska said:— 

"Nebraska was endeavouring to promote the custom of holding 
York Rite Councils or Festivals, bringing together in joint gatherings 
the various Lodges, Chapters, Commanderies and Councils, the pur- 
pose of which was to weld together the component units of York 
Rite Masonry and foster the true fraternal spirit." 

The Committee on Necrology report: — 

"May we not hope that for the important service they have rendered 
they have been crowned with crowns of eternal life and happiness." 

William H. Jones of Buffalo, Wyoming, was elected G.H.P. 

An expressive portrait of Grand Secretary Repath adorns 
the Proceedings and his touch is probably to be found in the 
following: — 

"Open with all the accompaniments that would naturally occur 
to a generous Lord of the Manor. As one of the visiting members said : 
'This is really a most sumptuous affair and quite out of the ordinary, 
bringing to mind scenes set forth in sketches from the history of the 
Gallant Knights of Old, who when resting from the hardships of battle 
doffed their plumed helmets and laying aside their swords and bucklers, 
refreshed themselves in anticipation of the next." 

Howard E. Meadd of Cornwall is the worthy Grand Rep- 
resentative of Wyoming. 

The correspondence is in the capable hand and springs 
from the capacious heart of Henry G. Watson, G.H.P. 

He says in his introduction : — 

"For the first time in several years we have been able to discern 
a tendency toward a breaking up of the clouds of gloom that have had 
such a depressing effect on Capitular Masonry. The real workers in 
Capitular Masonry continue their work. The lust for more members 
may serve to arouse those who believe that mere numbers mean 

"The net loss for the year shows a decrease of over 12,000 from 
the 1934 figures, which is most encouraging." 

From the California Review the following: — 

"We are privileged to come in contact. Masonry is dynamic. Ma- 
sonry is activity. Masonry is doing. The very act of carrying into 
practice the great ideals and principles we recognize in Masonry makes 
it a great force for good. Masonry is character building. We build 
character by recognizing fine principles and high ideals and in striv- 


"We are not in any wise running a reformatory. We are pleased 
to invite the finest men 'in our communities to join our fraternity." 

This from Missouri : — 

"The Review section was prepared by Grand Secretary Ray V. 
Denslow. We do not know whether he is limited to space but at any 
rate he got what he had to say into less than eighty pages. It is writ- 
ten in the topical form which seems to have become a habit with him. 
However, it is a good way to bring together various ideas on the same 

Canada is fraternally reviewed. We take from it : — 

"Dispensations allowed seem excessive to us, but many of them 
would not be required in Wyoming, twenty being to attend Divine Ser- 
vice, five to permit the advancement of officers who had not filled all 
of the requisite stations, six to dispense with Stated Cor.vocat'l ns of 
Chapters during June, July, August and September, — we would just 
fail to send out notices for them, — and eight to hold social meetings. 

"A dispensation to permit a chapter to ballot on an application 
when the petitioner did not have the required one year of residence 
was refused. 

"A companion could not be a Scribe E. and a Grand Superinten- 
dent at the same time. 

"Comp. Cowan suggested that the name of Grand Chapter be 
changed. There are plenty of arguments om both sides of the ques- 

"The reports of the Grand Superintendents show that they keep 
a rather close watch over the chapters entrusted to their care and 
most of them take their duties seriously. 

"Comp. Ponton presented carefully prepared summaries of the 
doings of fifty-four Grand Jurisdictions. In addition to giving facts re- 
lating to the several Grand Chapters Comp. Ponton uses many brief 
quotations in order to give a clear picture of conditions." 

This from New South Wales Review: — 

"We wish that other Grand Chapters in the Australian area 
prepared and printed reviews so that we could get a better picture of 
Capitular conditions over there. If Scotland is so much in the wrong- 
as New South Wales claims, the nearby Grand Chapters should be 
the first in taking issue with Scotland as they have much more first 
hand information than we have." 



Thus ends another of the annual "Little Journeys" on 
which this Reviewer has for many years embarked as one of 
the Ambassadors of Good-will, linking up the hospitable 
home ports and portals of our sister and brother Grand Chap- 
ters in the good ship Fellow-ship. I have gathered a posy 
of other men's flowers and naught but the thread that binds 
them is mine own. Ave atque vale. Hail and farewell. 

William Nisbet Ponton, P.G.Z. 

Belleville, April, 19317. 

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